Baptisms, Weddings & Funerals
We count it a privilege to be invited by people to share in important times of celebration in their lives and Baptism is one such celebration. You can be sure of a ready response to any request for Baptism.
In the first instance please contact the Vicar. and you will receive a Baptism Application form.
Meetings with parents to discuss Baptisms occur, usually, on the morning of the first Saturday of the month. Please call or email the Vicar to check availability.
A date and time for the Baptism can then be arranged – we offer Baptism at the main 9:30am service or as a separate service later in the morning at 11:15am, on the 1st Sunday in the month. Owing to the large number of requests for Baptism, these will usually involve more than one family at a time.
For answers to more general questions about Baptism you can visit the CofE website.
We are also delighted to celebrate marriages and full details of how to arrange a ceremony can be obtained from the Vicar. You will be invited to discuss dates and times and to complete a Banns of Marriage Application Form. Marriage preparation will be arranged and all details for the ceremony will be dealt with in good time so that ‘the day’ will be a memorable celebration. For details of the legal requirements please see the website http://www.yourchurchwedding.org or visit the CofE website.
St Mary’s church is the parish church of Riverhead with Dunton Green and anyone who lives within the parish has the right to have their funeral service conducted there regardless of whether they usually attend the church or not. We count it an extraordinary privilege to offer this and the service in church can precede either a burial or cremation. Arrangements are made in conjunction with the Funeral Director.
After the funeral our Garden of Remembrance provides a tranquil place to inter the cremated remains, and in church we have a Book of Remembrance where the names of loved ones are recorded and remembered in our prayers in the anniversary week and day of their death.
Once a year we hold a service of commemoration when we invite people to church, light candles and offer prayers of remembrance for all our departed loved ones.
A grave locator facility can be found on the following page: Other Information / Grave Locator
Note: You can check whether you live within the Ecclesiastical Parish of Riverhead with Dunton Green by using the following website: http://www.achurchnearyou.com and entering your postcode. After selecting St. Mary's Church, the 'Find Us' tab includes a map showing the boundary of the Parish.