Rites of passage here are written collaboratively to ensure they are meaningful occasions, true to the beliefs of the participants. There is expertise to help here, and people must be respectful of the church and its culture, but there is no ‘correct’ form.
Please contact the Minister who will be able to advise you further.
Our ceremonies aim to reflect the deceased’s beliefs and values, whether or not they thought of themselves as formally religious. We are also always concerned to ensure that the service is sensitive to the needs, feelings and beliefs of the bereaved.
Our church tradition takes marriage very seriously indeed. Making a commitment to live with one another for life in loving relationship is one of the most important decisions anyone can make and so any service which celebrates this must be one which speaks truthfully about the couple’s own genuine faith and hopes.
Consequently, every marriage conducted here is one which is born out of a respectful dialogue between all the parties involved in which we begin to find out how we can be mutually supportive of each other’s beliefs and values — including a principled atheism that can see the value of liberal religious community. Genuine freedom of thought and belief — central to the life of our community — can only maintained when this kind of meeting and dialogue happens.
If you are thinking about getting married in this church it is, therefore, important to come along to a couple of service to see whether we really are the kind of community in whose church you would be happy to marry and to be ‘blessed’ by. This is not to persuade you to adopt our own philosophical/theological position but simply because it is the best opportunity to introduce you to the basic attitude/vibe of the place and our liberal religious values.
At present we charge £250 for the church, £150 for the administration and preparation of the service and, lastly, if you wish to have music then a fee will also be charged for this. Fees are waived for Memorial Church members.
Please contact the Minister and we can arrange to meet and talk further.
‘Namings’, Unitarian Christian ‘baptisms’, ‘child-dedications’ are opportunities for family and friends publicly to dedicate themselves to the child’s nurture and upbringing. The whole service is an opportunity to welcome the child to the whole human family and to the earth, our common home.