Life Events

Baptisms, Weddings & Funerals

Life Events

Introduction

In addition to providing a central space for members of the community to grow and develop their faith, a parish church is a vital hub for significant milestone events in individual and family life. St Paul’s Finchley is no different and we take great pleasure in being there for and being a part of such important activities. Be it baptism, thanksgiving for a new child, marriage or a funeral, we consider it an honor to facilitate these precious moments.

Here To Help

We are here to help and are well versed in walking enquirers through the various steps involved in getting baptised, married or holding the funeral of a deceased loved one. 

Please do reach out with questions, we are happy assist in any way we can.

Our Special Services

The descriptions below with help you learn more about the special services we host at St Paul’s Finchley for life events. Whether you’re interested in taking  the next step in your faith journey by exploring baptism, getting married, celebrating a new child,  or  saying good-bye to a loved one we hope the information here will assist your decision making process.

Baptism  & Thanksgiving

Are you interested in having your child baptised at St Paul’s Finchley? Woul you like to be baptised ? We are delighted to explore this with you.

If you’re a regular at St Paul’s, or have been coming to our services for several months, please do have a chat with one of our clergy after a service. They will gladly arrange a visit with you to discuss the next steps.

Younger Children

We have two services for younger children. These services take place during our Sunday morning 10am Open Door service.

Thanksgiving Service

We thank God for this new life and pray for God’s blessing on your family;

Baptism Service

The child is welcomed into God’s family. Their parents and godparents make promises before God and the congregation to bring the child up to know and love God.

Everyone Else

For older children, teenagers and adults, we have a baptism service. These can take place during our Sunday morning 10am Open Door service.

Baptism Service

For those ready to publically declare their Christian faith, promise to grow in their knowledge and love of God and be formally welcomed into God’s family.

Funeral

Bereavement and loss are universal. They affect us and everyone we know at some time in our lives.

Death is a time of great sadness and departure from normal life. It can be distressing and confusing for everyone. It’s most certainly a time in life when we need the support of those around us. Our clergy are available to listen, give advice and help you and your family grieve well. 

Funeral Services

If you would like to hold the funeral of your loved one at St Paul’s Finchley and they lived within the St Paul’s parish, then please contact us at the earliest opportunity. We will put you in touch with one of our clergy members. They will arrange a visit to plan the service with you, choose the music and arrange for any support should you or your family require.

Marriage Banns

The publication of marriage banns is a legal requirement within the Church of England. It means the public announcement by the minister during a normal church service that two people wish to marry, and gives a chance for anyone in the congregation to put forward a reason why the wedding should not take place.

Your banns will only need to be read here if:

  1. you are getting married at St Paul’s OR
  2. the wedding is elsewhere and you live in St Paul’s Parish

If you need us to read your banns, please contact us at least four months before your wedding day. There is a small fee payable.

Banns are read at our Open Door service at 10am on a Sunday morning, for three weeks in a row.

Wedding

Thinking of getting married at St Paul’s Finchley? Firstly, please accept our hearty congratulations on this life changing milestone! 

Secondly, we recommend you come to one of our Sunday services and make yourselves known to one of our clergy members. They can then arrange a visit with you, and start making the preparations, including valuable pre-marriage conversations.

You are very welcome to get married here at St Paul’s if one of you/r:

  • was baptised or prepared for confirmation in the parish
  • has ever lived in the parish for six months or more
  • has at any time regularly attended public worship in the parish for six months or more
  • parents lived in the parish for six months or more in your lifetime
  • parents has regularly attended public worship here for six months or more in your lifetime
  • parents or grandparents were married in the parish

To find our parish boundary, go to A Church Near You, click on Find Us and then select parish boundary.

For practical advice on wedding planning see: www.yourchurchwedding.org