Your baby or child can be baptised in churches across the Diocese in a service that is often called a christening. This is a service in which parents thank God for his gift of life and make a decision to start their child on a journey of faith.

More details about christenings can be found on the Church of England’s website.


Thinking about getting married? Congratulations!

Getting married in church is a sign to your friends, family and most importantly to each other that you are ready to make a public declaration of love and commitment in front of those who love you and are part of your life together, including God.

Information for non-EEA nationals

Changes to marriage law for non-EEA nationals in the Church of England came into effect on 2 March 2015 Information is available .


Confirmation usually takes place after a person has explored his or her faith with others in the church. Most churches offer confirmation preparation where key aspects of the Christian faith can be explored, and details of the confirmation service and the statements and promises a person makes are discussed.

Confirmation is an important milestone, and the Confirmation services across the Diocese  provide an exciting opportunity to hear what God is doing in the lives of individuals and to see how he is building up our communities. Visit our Confirmations page to find out more.


Funerals are used to mark the end of a person’s life on earth, with family and friends coming together to express grief, give thanks for the life lived and to commend the person into God’s keeping. Every funeral is different – some are small quiet ceremonies, whilst others are large occasions in a packed church.

You can find more information about funerals on the Church of England’s website.