Christenings (Baptism), Weddings, & Funerals
Christenings (also called Baptism), Weddings and Funerals all mark important points in our lives. They are important because they involve our whole family with a particular focus on one or two members of that family.
When we mark these occasions in church we are including God in our life and the life of our family too.
When we are Baptised we are asking God to soak us in the Holy Spirit and keep us close for all eternity.
When we get Married we are asking God to bless us with His love and hold us together through thick and thin.
When we come to the end of our lives we gather in God's presence and ask for our aching hearts to be healed and for our loved ones to be held safe in Gods love until we go to join them.
Baptism / Christening ...
If you have a child that you would like to be baptised, or if you would like to be baptised yourself, and would like to know more please contact the clergy using this link - Click here for details.
Baptisms take place during our 10am Sunday services and are usually for those living in the parish. However, if you live outside the parish, but have a close connection to the parish and would like to be baptised here please contact us. Click here for details.
First of all CONGRATULATIONS!
If you are considering Holy Trinity, Forest Row or St. Dunstan's, Ashurst Wood for your wedding the first step is to come and have a chat to one of the clergy. You can do this in a number of ways, you could come long to one of our Sunday services and have a chat over a coffee after or you could either call or email us using the contact details in this link Click here for details.
Usually either one or both of you will live in the villages of Forest Row, Ashurst wood or Hammerwood, to automatically qualify to be married in one of our churches. If you live elsewhere, this means that one of you will need to have had a 'Qualifying Connection' with the Parish at some point in the past. If you have been married before please do talk to us and don't assume the answer is no! We want to make your wedding day special.
Qualifying Connections are if one of you ...
will be living in the parish when the wedding takes place
is on the electoral roll of the church
has at any time lived in this parish for a period of 6 months
was baptised in this parish
was prepared for confirmation in this parish
has at any time gone to regular church services in this parish for a period not less than 6 months
Alternatively, if one of your parents after anytime you were born:
have lived in the parish for a period of at least 6 months
have regularly gone to normal church services in the parish for a period of at least 6 months
Alternatively, if your parents or grandparents were married in the parish.
A funeral is a service to mark the end of a person's life here on earth.
Family and friends come together to express grief,
give thanks for the life lived
and commend their loved one into God's keeping.
These can be a small, quiet ceremony
or a large occasion in a packed church.
Everyone is entitled to this service by their local parish priest regardless of whether they attended church or not. To speak to one of the clergy for more information by following this link Click here for details.