dewbenefice - The Parishes of Dunton, Eyeworth & Wrestlingworth -
Weddings, Baptisms, Funerals
 

Weddings
We warmly welcome enquiries for marriages at our three churches. Please contact Canon Lindsay Dew in the first instance  for advice and help. 
A good web site to visit is www.yourchurchwedding.org

 
Christenings
A Christening for babies and children takes place in a service sometimes called Baptism. In this service parents thank God for his gift of life, make a decision to start their child on a journey of faith and godparents promise help and support. The church also promises to welcome the child and to pray for the family.
For your child, being baptized at a Christening, marks the start of a lifelong journey of faith as part of the local and worldwide Christian family.

Thanksgiving
Some parents might want to celebrate the gift of a child in a different way without the commitment that baptism involves. During the Thanksgiving service parents and families give thanks for the birth or adoption of a child and everyone prays for family life. It can take place in church with the congregation, or with just family and friends gathered, or elsewhere such as home, or even in hospital.
A Thanksgiving Service is not a Christening. There are no promises to make about the Christian faith. The child will be blessed and prayed for, and supporting friends will promise to support the parents in bringing up their baby.
To find out more about a Thanksgiving Service contact the Rector Canon Lindsay Dew
The gift of a baby is a time of rejoicing and giving thanks and most parents want a Christening as a part of the welcome they and their family and friends offer. Of course Christening is much more than a welcome or a naming ceremony although it includes both of those as part of the service.  Christening is a time of recognising God in our lives and wanting to bring up our children to recognise that too. 
Those who are Christened become followers of Jesus and strive to live out their lives showing an example of his love and compassion. Do contact Canon Lindsay Dew for further details. Christenings can be held as a part of our main service times or if possible as a separate service.
 

Funerals
All of us experience times of joy and thanksgiving as well as times of sadness. When bereavement comes it is a numbing experience and we can often be confused and lost. All that we knew has been suddenly taken away. Lindsay is always available to help planning funeral services to include expressions of grief and emptiness as well as moments of remembering with thanksgiving all that we have known and loved.
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