Baptisms, Weddings and Funerals

Weddings

St Barnabas is a beautiful setting for your wedding, with its big, light building and central situation. If you have always dreamt of a church wedding, or are thinking about it for the first time, we will be delighted to help and support you. Having your wedding in church makes it very special and personal, and adds a beauty and spirituality to this very important day. Visit www.yourchurchwedding.org where you will find very helpful information and lots of information about your church wedding.

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There are certain legal requirements that must be fulfilled for you to be married in a particular church. If either or both of you live within the parish boundaries there is no problem at all. To check out the parish where you live visit www.achurchnearyou.com. You can also be eligible to be married in a certain church if you have a qualifying connection with that church, such as a parent or grandparent who has been married in the church, or a parent who has [since your birth] lived in the parish for at least six months. There are in total six qualifying connections like this – visit www.yourchurchwedding.org for details.

If none of these apply you are invited to worship regularly [at least once a month] at St Barnabas for at least six months before we talk of dates and planning. You can also in very special circumstances apply for an Archbishop’s license. If one or both of you is divorced, the vicar will meet with you to sensitively explore whether a church wedding will be possible.

To discuss any aspect of planning your wedding please attend the “Vestry time” which is held in the church office most Thursdays from 6 – 6.30pm. Vestry time will not be running during August 2019.  Alternatively, phone our wedding administrator Sheila Jewell on 01452 538249, the office or email office@stbarnabasgloucester.org.uk. The cost of a wedding in St Barnabas [2019] is £676, which includes all the legal fees, an organist, bells and heating. There are additional fees for flowers of a particular colour and for service booklets if you would like us to provide them.  You will both need to take part in marriage preparation which is usually a half day session with other couples which takes place at the beginning of the year.

Christening Service/ Baptism Service

It is always a joy to welcome adults, children and their families to St Barnabas for baptisms.  A Christening Service is another name for a Baptism Service and the services are identical.  We use the title Baptism Service at St Barnabas. We like to make it a very special occasion for you. There are no legal requirements for baptism and all those who live in our parish may be or have their child baptised at St Barnabas after preparation. If you live out of our parish but have special or former connections with the parish [e.g. you have been married here, or you yourself were baptised here] it is usually possible to arrange a baptism at St Barnabas. To see which is your local parish church visit www.achurchnearyou.com.

To discuss your baptism or the baptism of your child, please visit the vestry which is held in church most Thursdays from 6 – 6.30pm.  If this is not possible for you email or phone the office: office@stbarnabasgloucester.org.uk 

Baptisms are on Sundays, except in extreme circumstances, and there is usually a couple of Sundays each month when services happen.  It is likely your service will be shared with one other family.  We ask you to invite no more than 80 people.  Although some guests number as much as this it is just as special to have twenty!   Please confirm the date and time of your/your child’s baptism before making any arrangements with family and friends.

Thanksgivings for the birth of a child

If making the vows and promises of the Christian faith are not for you then we can offer a short moment of thanksgiving for your child.  There are set prayers and words for this which we can look at together and then add some personal touches.  This opportunity to thank God for the baby also includes a moment when we can pray for you as a family.  Thanksgivings happen within a family service.  Family services at St Barnabas are on the third Sunday of the month at 10 am.  To talk this through please come along to the church on a Thursday between 6 pm and 6.30pm [Vestry Time] to make arrangements with a minister. Vestry time will not be running during August 2019.  If that isn’t convenient, please email office@stbarnabasgloucester.org.uk For these services we can accommodate a good number of guests up to 60, but the service is equally special when there are a handful of family and friends present.

Funerals

We believe it is a privilege to support anyone who lives in our parish, or those who have close links with the parish, at a time of bereavement. Funerals are arranged via the funeral directors, who will in turn contact the vicar. A member of the leadership team will visit the bereaved family as soon as possible and help with all aspects of the planning of the funeral service. A funeral can either be held in the church or in the Crematorium, depending on your wishes.

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