Life events  – A parish for everyone…

Every square inch of England lies within a Church of England parish, with a church and a ministry team to serve everyone who lives there.

At St Mary’s we will be pleased to help you with your enquiry as far as we are able, but before you contact us you might like to check which parish you live in, using this website: www.achurchnearyou.com (opens in new tab)

Baptisms

Baptism is about becoming a member of the church.

We baptise adults after a short course of preparation, such as our Just Looking course, covering the basics of the Christian faith.

Contact Ian or Santou if you want to know more…

Weddings

A wedding in our church is a wedding recognised for all legal purposes, and our clergy have to follow certain rules about who can be married here, and how it is done.

The procedure is relatively straightforward if one of the couple lives, or has previously lived, within our parish boundaries. However, there are other connections which can qualify you to marry here, so do get in touch with us to find out more.

Special rules apply for those who are not British citizens, or who have a former spouse who is still alive.  We can talk these through with you.

Banns

If you are getting married in another church of the Church of England, but one of you is resident in this parish, then you will have to ask us to announce your intention to get married on three consecutive Sundays in our 10am service. We will give you a Banns Certificate to take to the parish where you will be married.

You can download an application form here. It should be returned to us with the appropriate fee. If you have any questions about completing the form, do get in touch with us

Funerals

Our ministry team can offer you a service in church and/or at a cemetery or crematorium.  It is usually the funeral directors who coordinate all the arrangements for a funeral, and you can ask them to contact us when choosing a suitable date and time. However, if you want to contact us direct, then you are welcome to do so.

Burial of ashes

Our churchyard was used for burials for hundreds of years, and there is no room left for new graves.  However, we have a memorial garden where families like to bury the cremated remains of their loved ones.

For more details about the burial of ashes, please contact Ian

Bereavement café

The months after the death of a loved one can be very difficult, and sometimes it is hard to know who to talk to. With partner churches in Wanstead and Aldersbrook, we run two monthly drop-in cafés for those suffering loss or bereavement:

  • on the first Tuesday of each month, at St Mary’s, from 7pm to 8.30pm
  • on the third Tuesday of each month, at Christ Church Wanstead, 10.45am to 12noon.

There is no charge, no need to book, just turn up!