Life Events

We would be delighted to talk to you about how St James or St Philip’s Churches can help play a part in those milestone family moments, including baptisms, marriages and funerals.

Marriages

St James is a church that is steeped in tradition and family values making it the perfect place to hold your marriage service. You can also get married in the coastal village of Catterline in the very beautiful church of St Philip’s.

If you leave a message on 01569 764473 or contact us, we will arrange for a priest to contact you. They will arrange with you a time and place and during the run up to your wedding they will be on hand to help with any questions that you might have. A couple of months prior to your wedding they will arrange a meeting with you to discuss your plans and go through what hymns and readings you would like at your service. This allows everyone to have a clear idea of what will happen on the day. As arrangements are finalised, a further meeting may be necessary.

On the day before the wedding, we normally have a full rehearsal with the bride and groom, best man, bridesmaids, the person who is giving the bride away and anyone else involved in the ceremony.

Associated costs
Wedding service – £392

Baptisms

St James are very happy to welcome children into the family of the Church. A date and a time should be arranged with the church by leaving a message on 01569 764473 or using our contact form. You will then receive a booklet explaining the purpose of baptism and a form to be filled in and returned to the church.

At a convenient time before the baptism, there will be a meeting with you to go through the service and arrange any last-minute details. After the service, the family is given a baptismal certificate and candle.

Associated costs
Baptisms are free, but a donation is usually given to the church.

Funerals

Funerals can be arranged through an undertaker but you may also wish to contact the church directly, by leaving a message on 01569 764473 or using our contact form. We will then contact the family and arrange a time for a visit. During the visit, you will discuss the music and readings that you would like during the service, together with a fitting tribute for the person who has passed away.

The service can take place in Church, the crematorium, the graveside, or the funeral home.

If the main service is in Church, the coffin is normally brought in the night before, and is placed in the Chancel, covered with a purple pall and flanked by two candles, giving the person who has died quietness and dignity in death.

Associated costs
Funeral service in Church – £182

Burial of cremated remains in churchyard on separate occasion – £138
Burial of cremated remains in churchyard on a separate occasion or without service in church – £164
Organist – £60
Church Officer – £50