Weddings, Funerals and Baptisms 

It is our privilege as Christians to share in moments of joy and  sadness that mark the journey of our lives.

Weddings.

Can we get married in Dedham or Ardleigh Parish Church?
If you currently live in either of the parishes you can be married here. If either of you has been  married previously please contact the office to discuss your options.

What if we don't live in the parish?
A couple can marry in a church away from where they live because it has special significance for them through family or other connections.

An engaged couple can now do that if either of them can show one of the connections with the parish listed below (what is called a qualifying connection).

A person has a Qualifying Connection with a parish if

that person:

  • was baptised in the parish. (This does not apply where the baptism formed part of a combined service of baptism or confirmation); 
  • had his or her confirmation entered in a church register book of a church or chapel in the parish, or
  • has at any time had his or her usual place of residence in the parish for at least 6 months, or
  • has at any time habitually attended public worship in the parish for at least 6 months (if you haven't started to worship in the parish you can commit to doing so before your wedding takes place)


or a Parent of that person has at any time during that person's lifetime:

  • had his or her usual place of residence in the parish for at least 6 months; or
  • habitually attended public worship in the parish for at least 6 months;


or a Parent or Grandparent of that person was married in the parish.

In the first instance please do get in touch with the office to discuss your plans.
 

Funerals

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 here
 

 

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.