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Our team are committed to helping you through the planning process and to lead a beautiful and moving ceremony; a celebration of life that meets the spiritual and emotional needs of family and friends. Please talk to our team in confidence and know that your loved one will be prayed for during worship in the week before and after the funeral service.
Please see our St Mary's Church Weddings Introduction document for an overview of all the information you need to know in preparing for and arranging your church wedding.
If you are coming to these pages because you want to find out how to arrange your wedding at St Mary’s Church, Thorpe then congratulations on getting engaged.
We hope that you will have a happy and blessed future together.
A wedding is one of life's great moments, a time of solemn commitment as well as good wishes, feasting and joy. St. John tells us how Jesus shared in such an occasion at Cana, and gave there a sign of new beginnings as he turned water into wine.
(In the Bible, see John Chapter 2)
Christians believe that marriage is intended by God to be a creative relationship; His blessing enables husband and wife to love and support each other in good times and in bad, and to share in the care and upbringing of children. Marriage is also an invitation to share life together in the spirit of Jesus Christ and the community of the Church. It is based upon a solemn, public and life-long covenant between a man and a woman, declared and celebrated in the presence of God and before witnesses.
Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
1 Corinthians 13.4-7
Funeral services held in St Mary's Church are beautiful and welcoming, a warm place to celebrate life and family. The clergy can also conduct services at the graveside in Thorpe or another cemetery as well as at a crematorium. Talk to your chosen Funeral Director at the earliest opportunity about holding a service with us
If you ask for one of our clergy team to conduct a service, we will contact you by telephone and email to help you prepare a template service document which you can then have printed or circulated digitally.
We will help you choose music, songs, hymns and prayers, although be aware the time available at the service may be limited. It is a wonderful part of any funeral celebration to hear a eulogy, reflection or tribute and we do encourage you as a family to draw together ideas, memories, anecdotes and key life events.
We have put together some documents which you may find helpful when planning your baptism service. You can view and/or download them using the links below.
Welcome and thank you for your interest in being baptised or having your child baptised at St Mary’s Church, Thorpe.
If you’re a parent interested in a Christening we want you to know that your child is precious to God. Just as you want the very best for them, so does God.
St Mary’s welcomes people of all ages for Baptism including babies, children and families for christenings; whatever shape your family takes. You don’t have to be married or have been a regular churchgoer. As a parent or legal guardian, you don’t even have to have been baptised yourself – though we would love you to be. (Godparents MUST have been baptised!) But you do need to want God to be a part of you and your child’s life, to entrust them into God’s care and to be willing to encourage their growth in faith.
Baptism is a very special moment in the Christian journey of life and recognises that we are accepted by God and special in his sight. We really look forward to sharing in your celebration and hope the guidance documents are useful as you prepare for your family occasion with us.