Life Events

weddingWeddings are a very special occasion and we would be delighted if you chose to be married in church desiring God’s blessing on your relationship.  We would do all we can to make it a memorable and joyful occasion.

For weddings between citizens with UK passports, arranging a marriage is normally by ‘banns’. But as a City church that does not have a Sunday service, you would be married by Common License.  This will also be the case where at least one of the wedding couple holds an Overseas Passport, you will almost certainly need to be married by Common License.

If either party has been divorced, marriage in church is possible, but is not automatic and needs to be carefully considered together with our Clergy. In line with Church of England policy, marriage of divorcees is allowed within certain conditions. The couple will meet with our Clergy to discuss their circumstances.

Baptisms and Thanksgiving

baptismIf you have just become parents then very many congratulations.

There are two types of service.

The first is a Baptism, or Christening as it is often referred to.  In Baptism, a child is welcomed into the Church family and parents and godparents make important promises to bring up the child in the Christian faith.

To qualify for Baptism we would prefer if you have a connection to St Martin’s but all requests will be considered sympathetically.

The second type is a Thanksgiving Service which is a simple service of prayer and blessing suitable for any family who wants simply to give thanks to God for the safe arrival of a child.

This requires no promises and no water is used.

We warmly invite those thinking about Baptism to join us in worship at one of our weekly Thursday Eucharist service and introduce themselves. This will be followed up with a meeting to discuss the Baptism and the date you have in mind.

All you need to know about planning and going to a Church of England christening can be found on: churchofenglandchristenings.org. It also includes information about Thanksgiving services say thank you to God for your baby.

 

Funerals and Memorials

funeralWe are very sorry for your loss and would be honoured to conduct a Funeral for you at St Martin’s. Firstly you need to talk through your wishes with the Funeral Director and they will contact us to agree a day and time.  We will then contact you and our Clergy will arrange to talk through with you the details of the service and to offer guidance and support.

We will also support you in arranging a memorial service at St Martin’s.

To help you, below is a basic outline of the Christian service but other elements can be included (e.g. Hymns, a poem or special music).

  • Music on entry
  • Introduction
  • Bible sentences and Prayer
  • Psalm 23 could be said or sung
  • Bible reading
  • Address
  • Prayers
  • The Lord’s Prayer
  • Commendation
  • Committal
  • Closing prayer and Blessing
  • Music to leave

Confirmation

Whatever age we are in the family of God we are all on a journey of faith.  If you are considering taking the next step in your journey, please contact us and we will arrange an initial meeting with our Clergy.

Pastoral Care

pastoral-careIf you have any questions about the Christian faith or have pastoral needs we would be very pleased to hear from you.

Prayer for Healing

If you visit us, we are pleased to pray with anyone who asks and for whatever need. We hold special Healing services on the last Thursday of the month to which you are warmly invited.

If a family member that has a connection to St Martin’s were to become critically ill and you would like us to visit and talk, gain spiritual support or say prayers, please get in touch. You may find this of particular comfort if someone is dying.

Please get in touch for further information or to arrange any of the above via our contact form or by phoning 0207 248 6054.