Christenings, Weddings and Funerals

Christenings
A christening is when your child is baptised into the Christian faith. It is a service of thanksgiving for the new baby, but it also marks a decision to start your child on the journey of faith, and it asks for the Church's support. Godparents play a central role in providing this support. Find out all you need to know about arranging for a christening on this page.

Weddings
You don't have to be a regular churchgoer to get married in a church. The Church of England gives all British citizens who meet the church legal requirements for marriage the right to have a church wedding. Find out more about these requirements, and how to plan your church wedding on this page.

Funerals
Everyone is entitled to either a burial service (funeral) or to have their ashes buried in their local parish churchyard by their local parish priest, regardless of whether they attended church or not. The Church of England's funeral services can follow a flexible format within the framework of Common Worship, including services for woodland burials.