Weddings, Baptisms and Funerals
The parish church of St Michael and All Angels serves all the people of the parish of Copford. Assuming, of course, that those who request a service of baptism, a marriage service or a funeral service do so in good faith, then the church is open for such services for anyone living in the parish. The first point of contact for Baptisms and Funerals is Revd Lydia Smith on 01206 738759 and for Weddings, Revd Annemarie Renshaw on 01621 815260 or our churchwarden, Mrs Heather Garnham on 01206 211494.
The service of baptism is a Christian sacrament, sign of the gift of God’s grace through Jesus Christ. It marks entry into the Christian family, specifically within the Anglican Communion (The Church of England).
Teaching is provided about the meaning of baptism prior to the service. Often baptism is conducted for babies or young children since God’s grace is not caused by our efforts to deserve it. Yet baptism is linked to a response of faith and it is assumed that those baptised will be helped to grow in the Christian faith and come in due time, and with preparation classes, to confirmation where they are “confirmed” or strengthened by the power of the Holy Spirit, the gift of which is signified by the laying on of hands with prayer, by a Bishop. Although it is possible, with preparation and diocesan authority, for young people to be admitted to Communion before confirmation, at present confirmation is usually the point at which people begin to receive the sacrament of Holy Communion.
Marriage in church is seen as taking place in the presence of God and many couples still request a church marriage because they see it as having more meaning and expressing the depth of their personal commitment to each other and their openness to God’s grace in their married life. Anyone living in Copford or worshipping at Copford Church or with family links to Copford, may ask to be married in Copford Church and should contact Revd Lydia Smith or the Churchwarden, Heather on the above telephone numbers.
A funeral service in Church offers assurance of God’s eternal faithfulness and the promise of eternal life through Jesus Christ. It also provides an opportunity for thanksgiving and celebration of the life of the person who has died. A funeral service in Copford Church, leading either to burial or interment of ashes, may be requested for anyone living in Copford. Once again, please contact Revd Lydia on the telephone number above.