Holy Matrimony at All Hallows
Jesus: “But from the beginning of creation, ‘God made them male and female.’ ‘Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.’ So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate.”
The Bible: Mark 10:6-9 (ESVUK)
Bispham All Hallows is an attractive building for a traditional marriage service, and we endeavour to make you very welcome and to guide you on the way to your wedding. To be married at All Hallows, one of you must either live in the parish, or worship at the church, or have a past connection with the church, possibly through your parents (“Qualifying Connection”): we can help you to navigate this pathway.
If you have been previously married, it may be possible for us to solemnise your Holy Matrimony, depending on the circumstances.
You can contact the Office and arrange an exploratory meeting, or a full booking meeting with the Rector. We will invite you to a Saturday Preparation Course (with lunch!) and a shorter meeting when you craft the wedding with hymns, readings and so forth. Shortly before you are married, we will hold a rehearsal in the church building to ready you for the big day. We are always happy to chat through options and possibilities to make your day special.
Jesus: “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
The Bible: Matthew 28.16-20 (ESVUK)
Baptism (sometimes called Christening) was commanded by Jesus for all his disciples, and is a solemn but joyful undertaking to follow Jesus as Lord and Saviour. Bispham All Hallows as part of the Church of England is an Infant Baptist church along with the majority worldwide church. We baptise infants and adults; in the case of infants, the parents and godparents make solemn promises about bringing up the child to know Jesus in life and worship. If you wish to be baptised or to present your child for baptism, you need to ring the Office and arrange to attend a Preparation Course (one evening, no charge), after which we can agree a date for the Baptism.
Most people choose to have their child baptised at our 12.45 Sunday Baptism Service. Other arrangements can be made after discussion, including baptism in our 9.30am Service. If the baptism is held apart from the 9.30am Service, it is a requirement that the child’s baptism is completed with a subsequent welcome into the church family at the 9.30am Service.
Godparents, although chosen by you, are admitted to a church office, and so must be properly baptised themselves and should be Confirmed or equivalent, communicant members in good standing with their church. If you have any problems with finding Godparents, we may be able to help you find suitable people. There is normally no charge for Baptism.
St Paul: “… until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes. Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ…”
The Bible: Ephesians 4.13-15 (ESVUK)
Confirmation is the discipline of the Church of England to mark a transition from a child-like receiving only from the church to an active discipleship, giving service as well as being serviced. It is a confirming by the candidate that they want to follow Jesus as an adult disciple, a confirming by the church in the person of the Bishop that it is Christ that the candidate is proclaiming, and a conferring of a new status as an active and adult disciple – in this sense, it’s a bit like an ordination service, setting us apart to serve Jesus in the world and the church. Confirmation requires a Bishop to be present so normally we only prepare people once a year on a course over about 3 months and then present the candidates to the Bishop at a special service which may be held at another church. If you would like to explore Christian discipleship, we run a number of courses and encounter groups which you can attend without any obligation, leaving you free to decide if you want to proceed to Confirmation. You can ring the Office for further details; there is no charge for Confirmation or preparation for Confirmation.