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)

All Hallows Bispham  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, 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.

Baptisms

Jesus: “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.  Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptising 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)

The birth of a child is a precious gift from God and many people want to mark this with a baptism (also called christening) in church.  If you are not already a regular member on Sundays, the best thing you can do is come join us and introduce yourself to Jonny.

We also baptise adults and young people who’ve come to a personal faith in Jesus Christ but who were not baptised previously.

Infant baptism is a Christian ceremony welcoming a baby or child into God’s church using water and performed in the name of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  Baptism services from henceforth will take place during our regular morning services.

Baptism is only appropriate in the context of faith in Jesus Christ.  Therefore, at least one parent (and godparents if any) is required to make promises before God on behalf of their child, declaring faith in Jesus and committing to follow him through-out their life.  Parents also promise to raise their child within the worship and life of the church and to teach their child the Christian gospel.

At All Hallows, because we want to help Christian parents be equipped for this responsibility, we require parent(s) to complete a baptism preparation course before a baptism can take place.

If you think baptism is not right for your child at this point in time, or you feel you couldn’t honestly make the promises required in the baptism service, or you’re not in a place where you’re able to be committed to church Sunday by Sunday, then we can offer a thanksgiving or blessing instead.  This would not preclude a baptism at a later date or later in life.

Below is our infant baptism policy as agreed by the church council.

  1. Any person wishing to request the baptism of a child should:
    1. bring the child to a service to meet the church family and endeavour to attend worship regularly;
    2. meet with the Rector, or another appointed person, to discuss the service;
    3. undertake a baptism preparation course which goes over the key elements of the Christian faith that the child will be raised in;
    4. be seeking to follow Christ’s way, as revealed in the Bible, as they will promise in the baptism service.
  2. Baptisms shall take place within one of the main Sunday services where the All Hallows church family is present, except in exceptional circumstances.

 

Confirmation

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.