Baptisms, Weddings & Funerals
Baptism or Christening
If you are mature enough to make your own decisions and you’ve decided you’d like to be baptized, you’ll have a baptism service that is designed for adults. You may have been going to church for a while and want to make a more definite commitment in terms of your Christian faith.
What is baptism?
Baptism is a response to God’s love – a desire and a commitment to respond to God’s call to follow the example of Jesus Christ. It is also a celebration, a time to come together with family and friends; remembering that you are loved by God, are part of a wider community and have a place with God’s people.
The baptism service
The baptism service is similar to the service for a child’s baptism, except that because you make the decision and the promises yourself, there is no role required for parents or godparents (who make decisions and promises on behalf of a child).
You may decide to have supporting friends or ‘sponsors’ - this can be anyone who wishes to encourage you in your Christian faith. It may be a friend, or someone in your family and you may have more than one person if you wish.
At the point you are baptized, you simply have water poured and wiped on your head.
Your vicar will suggest that you prepare for your baptism by attending meetings or events in the church that will help you think about this new beginning. Baptisms usually happen at a special baptism service at 11.30am on a Sunday at Holy Trinity, or by arrangement at St Columba.
Enquiries for baptism
If you are considering being baptized, and would like more information, talk to the parish office in the first instance who will be delighted to help.
You will no doubt have a number of questions. The Church of England website has a lot of answers to the most common ones. If you would like to take photographs around the font and/or at the front of the church, please do so after the baptism service is finished.
Weddings like baptisms also require planning and preparation. If you are not a regular church goer you may need to find out which Parish in Fareham you live in and the staff of the Parish Office will advise you what else you will have to do. There are legal matters, fees and other preparations to be made.
To make enquiries about a wedding at Holy Trinity or St Columba, please contact the Parish Office.
You may also wish to take part in a friendly preparation session “Love & Cherish” run by Christians Together in Fareham.
A funeral is used to mark the end of a person’s life here on earth. Family and friends come together to express grief, give thanks for the life lived and commend the person into God’s keeping. These can be a small, quiet ceremony or a large occasion in a packed church.
If you have to arrange a funeral you have a number of choices, which a funeral director will put before you. You may want to ask a Church minister to conduct a funeral and this is arranged through the funeral director. When we are notified of a funeral we will meet you to discuss your needs and to offer you support in your bereavement.
Funerals are conducted at the Crematorium, sometimes at the Cemetery, and often in church. The church service allows you more time and you may wish to consider that. It is very helpful in arranging for a minister if we are involved before the date and time are fixed.