Baptisms, Weddings & Funerals

Baptisms

The Font

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.  

In the first instance please contact the Vicar - you will then be put in touch with our Baptism team and receive a Baptism Application form. 

A date and time for the Baptism can then be arranged – we offer Baptism at the main 9:30am service on the 1st or 3rd Sundays. This enables the church family to welcome those being baptised into the Church Family.  Owing to the large number of requests for Baptism, the services could possibly include more than one family at a time. 

Prior to the Baptism, a meeting will be arranged with the Vicar as well as one of our Baptism Team who will discuss the practical details of the service. 

For answers to more general questions about Baptism you can visit the CofE website

Weddings

Wedding ringsWe 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

Funerals

FlowersSt 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. Garden of Remembrance

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.