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Baptism

St Clement’s is pleased to receive many Baptism inquiries every year. You may well have visited this site with a view to finding out a little more about the possibility of arranging baptism for your child – or for yourself.

Please note: We are currently without a rector. Please refer to Contact Us page on this website for your Baptism enquiry.

In order to help you, let’s look at some frequently asked questions:

Are we eligible for a Baptism service at St Clement’s church?

Except where there are overriding pastoral reasons, a family seeking Baptism at St Clement’s should be resident within the parish boundaries. To find out whether or not you do live in our parish, please contact the Rector.

Do parents bringing a child for Baptism need to be married?

No.

What preparation might we anticipate?

While godparents are very welcome, it is a requirement for parents bringing children for Baptism to attend one of our Baptism Preparation Evenings. This lasts normally no more than an hour, and provides an opportunity to learn a little of the meaning and significance of Baptism, to gain some insight into the pattern of the service itself, and to ask any questions.

It would be anticipated that adults seeking Baptism would first attend either an introductory course (Alpha, Emmaus, etc.), or the Confirmation Course run by the Rector.

When are baptisms held?

Baptisms at St Clement’s take place within the main 9.30am Parish Mass, and usually on the last Sunday of each month.

What are the fees involved?

There are no fees for Baptism. It is sometimes the case that a family will wish to make a donation towards the work of the church in thanksgiving for the baptism service, but this is entirely discretionary.

How long is the service?

The whole service, including the Baptism rite, lasts, on average, an hour-and-a-quarter.

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Weddings

St Clement’s is a popular venue for wedding services, and we are delighted to receive many inquiries each year. You may well have visited this site with a view to finding out a little more about the possibility of arranging your wedding at the church.

Please note: We are currently without a rector. Please refer to the Contact Us page on this website for your Wedding enquiry.

Let’s look at some frequently asked questions:

Are we eligible to marry at St Clement’s church?

In order to be married at St Clement’s you or your partner must be resident within the parish boundaries or else be included on our Electoral Roll. To find out whether or not you do live in our parish, please contact the Rector. It is a matter of considerable sensitivity, of course, but St Clement’s is unable to offer remarriage to a couple where one or other has “a former partner still living.”

What alternative can St Clement’s offer if we cannot marry at the church?

We are pleased to offer a Wedding Blessing Service, which the Rector will be happy to discuss with you further.

How do we proceed if we are eligible?

The first thing to do is to contact the Rector to discuss your proposed wedding date. He will arrange to meet with you to complete your Application Form. A second meeting will be arranged to discuss the details of the service itself and to decide the date of your wedding rehearsal.

What are the fees involved?

A revised Table of Fees is published annually. Please contact the Rector to discuss the up-to-date position.

How long is the service?

There are, of course, certain variable factors (number of hymns, etc.), but, on average, a wedding service will take approximately 45 minutes.

Can we marry on days of the week other than Saturdays?

Yes, subject to the availability of the church.

Funerals

If you are recently bereaved and have visited this site with a view to arranging a funeral service, please contact the Rector, who will be very pleased to help you.

Please note: We are currently without a rector. Please refer to Contact Us page on this website for your Funeral enquiry.

In the meantime it is hoped that you might find these frequently asked questions useful:

How might I go about arranging a funeral service at St Clement’s church?

If you have not already done so, you will find it very helpful to contact one of our local funeral directors. They have considerable experience in providing sensitive assistance and guidance in all the necessary arrangements. In due time, contact will be made with the Rector to arrange a time for the service. The Rector will then be in touch to discuss the service further.

Would the Rector take a funeral service at the Crematorium or Cemetery?

Yes. Simply state your wishes to the funeral director and the necessary arrangements will be made, as above.

How do I plan the content of a funeral service?

The Rector will be pleased to visit you at your home to discuss all the necessary elements, and to offer guidance and support every step of the way.