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exploring the faith
We love sharing the faith with enquirers! Especially those who feel unconvinced, yet curious! We run courses for small groups, or sometimes meet with just one or two. Whatever it takes to share the faith, we're up for it. Click here to make further enquiries as to what might suit you.
Baptism is the means by which people publicly proclaim themselves Christians and commit to the living community of the church. We baptise believers of all ages. We also baptise infants and children when their parents profess faith and commit themselves to church and to Christian parenting.
Some parents, not yet ready to make that regular commitment, prefer to have a thanksgiving or naming ceremony, sometimes called a service of dedication. Whichever stage you are at, we will be delighted to hear from you to arrange what is right for you.
Confirmation is the Church of England's way of offering to those baptised in early years, an opportunity to affirm their living faith today and express their commitment to participation in the mission of the church.
We host confirmation services led by a bishop every year or two. Those who have not yet been baptised are baptised before confirmation, often within the same service.
We love taking weddings! A Christian wedding is a coming together of two lives in the presence of God, pointing towards the loving relationship that God offers through Jesus. We offer a beautiful venue, a member of clergy and a fine organ. Beforehand, our clergy will help you explore the service, marriage, and the Christian faith. If you live in our parish, or have past family connections with Emmanuel, or if you have been worshipping at Emmanuel for six months or more, and have joined the electoral roll, contact us for more information on weddings.
The death of someone close to you brings much to think about and we can help you say goodbye in the context of Jesus Christ’s redeeming love. Anyone can have a Christian funeral at Emmanuel, whether they used to go to church or not.
We will give thanks to God for the life of the person you knew and loved. As a church, we can support your family and friends before, during and after the funeral. We will share the Christian message of hope and comfort. God promises death is not the end. Wherever you choose to have the funeral, you can add a personal touch to reflect the unique person that you knew. Enquire for more information.
The Bereavement Journey Course is for anyone who has been bereaved at any time and in any way. It will take place weekly and offers 15 films over 7 sessions. Following each film there is an opportunity for discussion in groups of 6-8, during which time you will be helped to explore your loss in a safe place.
The next course will commence on Tuesday October 24th from 7 - 8.30 pm. If you would like to register to attend, or would like to know more to help you decide if the course is suitable for you, please contact Kathryn McGuinness (email link) with your contact details
There are a maximum of eight spaces available and therefore early registration is recommended.