Life EventsIn Sharlston we offer all the usual Life Event Services.Baptisms usually take placeas a separate service outside of the normal Parish Mass. In all cases you need to complete the enquiry for on the button and take it to a Sunday service so that you can see the Vicar.To book a Baptism youo need to print and complete the Baptism Application Form and bring it to a service in church.Weddings take place by arrangement with the Vicar.To book a wedding you need to print and complete the Wedding Application Form and bring it to a service in church.
The Baptism Service“Baptism marks the beginning of a journey with God which continues for the rest of our lives, the first step in response to God's love. For all involved, particularly the candidates but also parents, godparents and sponsors, it is a joyful moment when we rejoice in what God has done for us in Christ, making serious promises and declaring the faith. The wider community of the local church and friends welcome the new Christian, promising support and prayer for the future. Hearing and doing these things provides an opportunity to remember our own baptism and reflect on the progress made on that journey, which is now to be shared with this new member of the Church.The service paints many vivid pictures of what happens on the Christian way. There is the sign of the cross, the badge of faith in the Christian journey, which reminds us of Christ's death for us. Our 'drowning' in the water of baptism, where we believe we die to sin and are raised to new life, unites us to Christ's dying and rising, a picture that can be brought home vividly by the way the baptism is administered. Water is also a sign of new life, as we are born again by water and the Spirit. This reminds us of Jesus' baptism. And as a sign of that new life, there may be a lighted candle, a picture of the light of Christ conquering the darkness of evil. Everyone who is baptised walks in that light for the rest of their lives.”Baptisms usually take place at 10am on a Saturday. See our COVID-19 page for the latest information on how many can attend the service.
The Wedding Service
St Mary Magdalene, Altofts offers Marriage in church to those who wish to bring their relationship before God to be blessed.A wedding is one of life's great moments, a time of solemn commitment as well as good wishes, feasting and joy. St John tells us how Jesus shared in such an occasion at Cana, and gave there a sign of new beginnings as he turned water into wine.Marriage is intended by God to be a creative relationship, as his blessing enables husband and wife to love and support each other in good times and in bad, and to share in the care and upbringing of children. For Christians, marriage is also an invitation to share life together in the spirit of Jesus Christ. It is based upon a solemn, public and life-long covenant between a man and a woman, declared and celebrated in the presence of God and before witnesses.On their wedding day the bride and bridegrrom face each other, make theor promises and receive God’s blessing. Those who attend a wedding are witnesses of the marriage, and express their support by their presence and your prayers. Their support does not end today: the couple will value continued encouragement in the days and years ahead of them.If you would like to book a wedding please complete one of our wedding enquiry forms and give it to the Vicar after one of our Sunday services.If you would like some further general information about Church of England Weddings please use the followig link:https://www.yourchurchwedding.org/For the latest information affecting weddings due to COVID-19 please see our COVID-19 page.
God’s love and power extend over all creation. Every life, including our own, is precious to God. Christian have always believed that there is hope in death as in life, and that there is new life in Christ over death.Even those who share such faith find that there is a real sense of loss at the death of a loved one. We will each have had our own experiences of their life and death, with different memories and different feelings of love, grief and respect. To acknowledge this at the beginning of the service should help us to use this occasion to express our faith and feelings as we say farewell, to acknowledge our loss and sorrow, and to reflect on our own mortality. Those who mourn need support and consolation. Our presence here today is part of that continuing support. (Common Worship, 2000).Funerals can take place in church, at the local crematoria and cemetries and even at the graveside.If a funeral takes place in church there is an organ and facilities for playing music via iPod, in addition to visual tributes (with or without music) via digital projector.Once a month a Requiem Mass is held in church and those who have been laid to rest within that month are remembered by name, along with those on our Chantry List. Once a year usually in November there is an Annual Memorial Service for the Bereaved where those who have funerals taken through the church (in church or at the crematorium or cemetry) are invited to attend and remember departed loved ones.For the latest information on Funerals due to COVID-19 please check our COVID-19 page.