Christ Church aims to be a place of spiritual welcome when marking particular points in life’s journey. Marking these occasions in church can make for a very special occasion. The church community can help you make it personal, meaningful, spiritual, beautiful.
At Christ Church, we are always delighted to welcome people who would like to celebrate their marriage in church in the presence of God, with either a marriage service or a wedding blessing. You're welcome to marry in church whatever your beliefs, whether or not you are baptised and whether or not you regularly go to church. Normally, we have some sort of connection with the couples who marry at Christ Church, as outlined on the Church of England's wedding website. If you'd like to begin making a connection with us, why not come along to one of our services?
The church community can work with you to support you as you plan for the big day and would be delighted to help with planning your ceremony, decorating the building and choosing your music. Our excellent choir and organist may also be available to add to the sense of occasion.
We are located in the Georgian heart of Bath, within easy reach of reception venues and hotels, including the elegant Assembly Rooms which are less than five minutes walk away.
The Birth of a Child
The birth or adoption of a child is a cause for celebration. Many people are overcome by a sense of awe at the creation of new life and want to express their thanks to God. Children are precious to God, so we are delighted to welcome new families to Christ Church to mark the event, with either a Baptism service (also known as a Christening) or Service of Thanksgiving for the Gift of a Child.
In a Baptism service, the parents promise to raise their child to know God loves them, and to help them to follow Jesus as a member of the Church. During a Thanksgiving, the parents thank God for the gift of their child, who is blessed. It does not involve making the same promises as in the Baptism service. If a child has a Thanksgiving service, they may still be baptised at a later date.
If you would like to mark the birth of a child in Christ Church, please get in touch. You can find out more about Baptism and Thanksgiving services on the Church of England website.
A funeral marks the close of a human life on earth. It is the opportunity for friends and family to express their grief, to give thanks for the life which has now completed its journey in this world and to commend the person into God's keeping. Feelings of grief, gratitude, joy and sadness often intermingle.
Funeral services at Christ Church are planned to reflect the personality of the person who has died and the circumstances of their death. If you would find it helpful, the church community is there to help you plan a service and to support you in the time before and afterwards.