Weddings, Christenings & Funerals
The true character of ministry is a servants heart
Choose from our three very beautiful settings for a wedding and we very much hope that we can make it possible for you to be married here and help you to plan your special day.
Planning a wedding is an exciting time, and there is a great deal to think about. Whatever stage you are at, we want to help and support you.
If you live in Winchelsea or Winchelsea Beach, then this is your Church and there should be no difficulty in organising a date for your wedding. It’s always best to plan as far ahead as you can and book a date early, because weekends can be busy, particularly in the summer months.
Similarly, if you live in another parish, but want to marry here, we will do all we can to make that possible and enable you to meet what are known as qualifying connections.
In every case, the first step is to call and arrange a meeting with the Rector, who will go through the requirements with you, some of which, such as the readings of banns, are legal requirements. However, within this legal framework and the practical facilities of the Church itself, this is your day and we will do all we can to tailor it to your requirements. If you have been married before, with a spouse still living, a wedding in Church may still be possible, but early discussion with the Rector is essential. Sadly, the law currently prevents the marriage of people of the same sex in Church of England churches.
The first thing is to come and see the Rector who will advise you on the next stages and will take you through the many things that you will obviously be thinking about when planning your big day.
There is a very good website yourchurchwedding.org produced by the Church of England and this will give you a lot of help and suggestions.
We very much hope that we can welcome you and your family and friends to St Thomas’ for your special day.
Baptism, sometimes called Christening, is a service of welcome.
In it, new Christians formally mark the beginning of the Christian journey. A person can be baptised as an adult or as a child, and you are baptised into membership of the Church, not into a particular branch or denomination.
People have been baptised in the Benefice of Winchelsea with Icklesham for over 700 years and we are always delighted to welcome a new member into the family of the Church. Baptism is the start of a lifelong journey.
During the service we give a lighted candle as a sign of the light of Christ. Parents and Godparents make promises which affirm their belief in God and their intention to nurture those being baptised in the Christian faith.
Losing those we love is one of the hardest things with which we have to cope.
Planning a funeral service is never easy but the Rector is able to help you plan a service, which will allow you, your family and friends to give thanks for the life of the person who has died.
Funerals can be conducted either in one of our churches or at the crematorium. When somebody dies, it is usual for the family to contact a funeral director who will then contact us directly to arrange the conduct of the funeral.
The priest taking the funeral will arrange to meet with you to help plan the service. At the funeral, we give thanks to God for the life of the person who has died, we pray for those who are grieving, we commend the departed person to God’s eternal care, and we give thanks for God’s gift of eternal life.