In the early church, Christian converts were totally immerged in water as a sign of their death and resurrection into a new life. Water is the outward and visible sign of this inward and spiritual experience of God’s grace. Today we baptise children into the faith and later at Confirmation invite them to reaffirm the faith promises made on their behalf by their godparents at their baptism. Those who have not been baptised as infants are invited to be baptised as adults. The usual method these days is by sprinkling water at the font.
Weddings are between a man and a woman who love each other enough to make life long vows before God and in public. In some cases, divorcees can be remarried in church but couples might prefer a Church blessing instead.
A funeral is for friends and family to celebrate the life of their loved one, to commend them to God’s care and to pray for each other. The Christian belief in the resurrection is affirmed at such services. With limited space in our churchyards, usually only parishioners or those with close family ties can be interred but there is no problem with the interment of ashes after cremation.