People often want to feel some sense of God as they mark and celebrate key moments of life.

Christenings, confirmations, weddings and funerals are moments of real significance in the lives of individuals, their families and friends. Often people want to feel some sense of God as they mark and celebrate key moments of life – such as birth and marriage – and when they want to reflect on the loss of a loved one and what their bereavement means for them and those around them.

 
 

Baptism

Baptism goes all the way back, to Jesus himself being baptized in the river Jordan. It’s a ‘sacrament’, one of those occasions where heaven breaks in upon earth. So it’s really special!

For Jesus, his baptism signified the beginning of his ministry on earth, the time when he gathered disciples around him and spent time with them and many others, teaching, healing and praying. For us, baptism is the time whens God welcomes us into his family and we become full members of the Church. So baptism is about new life, a life in Jesus Christ, a life of hope and love. It’s the beginning of a lifetime’s journey, where we grow in love for God and for all humankind.


How might I prepare: Have a conversation with the Vicar or Curate
Photographs and Videos: please be discreet
Choosing Godparents: Traditionally for girls: 2 Godmothers and 1 Godfather. For boys: 2 Godfathers and one Godmother.
However, you can have more! There is only one requirement: Godparents need to have been baptised.
Further information can be found on the C of E website


Confirmation

Confirmation marks the point in the Christian journey where those who have been baptised as children make a firm commitment to Christian discipleship.

Confirmation marks the point in the Christian journey where those who have been baptised as children make a firm commitment to Christian discipleship.

Talk to the Vicar: 
If not baptised before confirmation, you can be baptised on the same day of confirmation. 
Confirmation preparation over 6-months and you are required to be a committed member of the church. 

Further information can be found at: The Diocese of London www.london.anglican.org
 


Weddings

Weddings at St James The Great at Clapton

All weddings, wherever they take place, are significant. They all mark a public witness to the love that two people have for each other and a church wedding makes certain themes clearer.

How do I book a wedding?  Visit Church on Sunday and see the vicar. No appointment necessary.
 
Cost 2016
Banns: Same as above.
Publication of banns of marriage: £28
Certificate of banns to be issued: £13
Marriage service: £413.00
Cost for Organist: £90.
Photographs and Videos: must be discreet
Music at my wedding: To be discussed with Celebrant
We don’t provide flowers or decorate church

Further information can be found at: The Diocese of London www.london.anglican.org


Funerals

Funerals at St James The Great at Clapton
Family and friends come together to express grief, give thanks for the life lived and commend the person into God’s keeping.

Talk to the Vicar:
We visit to discuss order of service, however we don’t produce service sheets but can point you in the right direction to get them designed and printed.

Photography / Video: need to be discreet
Music at the Funeral: We can provide organist other music to be discussed.

Further information can be found at: The Diocese of London www.london.anglican.org