Baptisms & Christenings
You can be baptised at any age. The baptism of children is traditionally called a “christening”. During the christening your child will be baptized. It’s the first step of an amazing journey with God, parents, godparents, friends, family and the church. You don’t have to have been christened (baptized) yourself and you don’t have to be a regular churchgoer. If you are considering being baptized or would like to be explore what a baptism service could mean for your child, please get in touch. We would love to meet with you to chat about possibilities.
Further information on christenings can be found here
Thanksgiving for a child
A special church service, different from a christening, can be used as a way to say thank you to God for your child.
It is called a Thanksgiving for the Gift of a Child and you can view the words of this service just here
It’s possible to have this service instead of a christening if you decide that now isn’t the right time to have your child baptized. Or, you could even have the Thanksgiving service as well as a christening.
You might also choose this service when your baby is just born, or if you have adopted a child into your family and you want to celebrate this with special words said by a minister in church.
Whatever the reason, we will be delighted to talk to you about this service.
Weddings & Blessings
Marrying in church can be as personal, meaningful and spiritual as you want it to be.
If you live in Greenham or have a connection with Greenham Church you can get married at St Mary’s. Every year we meet people who didn’t realise how easy it would be. You don’t have to be a regular churchgoer, or Christened, for example. If you have been divorced it may be possible to marry at St Mary’s or have a Marriage Blessing (a service of Prayer and Dedication after a Civil Marriage). We are happy to talk through what options are available.
Churches are special places and there are some things about a church wedding that you just can’t get anywhere else. Only in church can you say the vows which have stood the test of time and been said from one generation to the next. With our help you can blend ancient tradition and your own personal choices and style to create a celebration with true meaning and lasting impact.
There are rules of course, because marriage is a serious business with legal consequences. We can use the rules to make your dream day possible – we’ve done it many times. We always adapt the marriage service to make the occasion special for you. We would be happy to talk though what you are looking for and what we can offer you.
Please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you would like to find out more. We are here for you.
You can also discover more about Church of England Weddings and Blessings at www.yourchurchwedding.org.
We’re here to help you through one of life’s most difficult times.
A Church of England funeral is available to everyone, giving support before, during and after the service, for as long as it’s needed.
Christians believe that when we put our trust in Jesus, God promises that when we die we will be with him in a wonderful place where death and pain are gone forever. Whatever the circumstances of death these words of hope can be a great comfort to those who attend a funeral at St Mary’s or West Berkshire Crematorium.
If you live in the parish, or if you have a link to St Mary’s, we are happy to explore with you how we may be able to help with their funeral. Whether you are considering a funeral in church or at the crematorium, we can offer a personal service to reflect the unique personality and life experience of your loved one. Whether you are celebrating their life or saying goodbye, a Church of England funeral allows you to give thanks for the unique person you knew and loved in a way that gives comfort and hope. You are able to choose music, songs or hymns, bible verses and other readings, and prayers if you wish. We also encourage you to share some words about your loved one, which you, a family member, friend or the minister may read. We are happy to discuss any wishes you have regarding the service.
Whatever your link to the person who has died, we are available for you afterwards. Whether the funeral has happened recently or many years ago, you can discover the different ways in which we are here for you.
More information about church funerals is available here