It is our privilege as Christians to share in the moments of joy and sometimes sadness that mark the journey of our lives.
Can we get married in Dedham or Ardleigh Parish Church? If you currently live in either of the parishes you can be married here*.
Changes in marriage law mean that it is also possible for a man and a woman to get married in a parish church, even if neither live in the parish, if one of these apply:
BAPTISM/ CONFIRMATION: one of the couple was baptised or confirmed in the parish.
RESIDENCE: one of the couple, or one of their parents, has resided at some time in the parish for six months or more.
WORSHIP: one of the couple, or one of their parents, regularly attends public worship in this parish and has done so for six months or more.
MARRIAGE: parents or grandparents were married in the parish.
*DIVORCED? In cases where either or both of the couple have been married before, please contact the Vicar to discuss options.
In the first instance please get in touch with the office to discuss your plans.
Please contact the office or the Vicar if you would like to arrange a funeral in either of our churches.
We also have a small group of people who offer bereavement support and they can be contacted via the office.
For details of our churchyards and the regulations that cover them please see /Articles/497629/_The_Churchyard.aspx
Baptisms, Thanksgiving and Confirmation
Baptisms, also known as Christenings, give you as parents the opportunity to give thanks to God for the birth of your child and welcome them into the wider family of the church.
Have a look at the Church of England website for more information http://churchofenglandchristenings.org/
Please get in touch with the office and then a member of the clergy team will normally visit to discuss the options with you and your family. You will also be invited to some preparation where we will explore the meaning of the baptism service with you. We also offer a service of thanksgiving if as parents you don't feel quite ready as yet to make the promises in the Baptism service.
If you live in a different parish we would always encourage you in the first instance to explore having the service in that church, as we believe connecting with your local church gives you the best opportunity to experience the welcome and support of the Christian community and live out the promises that you will be making as parents and godparents.
Confirmations give those who have been baptised the opportunity to make their own declaration of faith in Jesus Christ. The service normally happens once each year and are lead by the local Bishop. Contact the office for more details.