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St Mary's is the parish church of Riddlesden on the edge of Keighley. We are a friendly and welcoming congregation.
Weddings at St Mary’s
If you would like to be married, have your marriage blessed or renew your wedding vows at St. Mary’s, please contact the churchwardens: Pat Lane (01535 604625) or Margaret Smith (01535 602990)
Lots of people marry in their own local church, but we know that you might like to marry in a church away from where you live because it has special significance for you through family or other connections. The new Marriage Measure has now opened up the possibility of being married in this church even if you don’t live here, if either of you can show just one of the seven connections with the parish listed below.
That one of you:
· has at any time lived in the parish for a period of at least 6 months or
· was baptised in the parish concerned or
· was prepared for confirmation in the parish or
· has at any time regularly gone to normal church services in the parish church for a period of at least 6 months or
That one of your parents, at any time after you were born:
· has lived in the parish for a period of at least 6 months or
· has regularly gone to normal church services in the parish church for a period of at least 6 months or
That one of your parents or grandparents:
· was married in the parish
In all cases involving church services - i.e. going to normal church services, baptism, confirmation or marriage - this applies only to Church of England services. Even if you cannot demonstrate any of the above connections, we want to help you explore whether it may still be possible for you to marry in your special church.
Please contact the churchwardens as early as possible in your planning, to ensure that the proposed date is free and to provide the relevant details.
If your home lies within the parish, we would love to have the opportunity to welcome you and your family to St Mary’s. Children are a real blessing and are a very important part of the life of the church here in Riddlesden.
The Church of England has two services for parents wishing to mark the birth of children and we are happy to offer whichever seems to be appropriate and best for you.
A Service of Thanksgiving for the Gift of a Child.
This service is just what it says. It is an opportunity to call together family and friends to give thanks to God and celebrate the arrival of your new baby. The service includes prayers to ask for God’s blessing for your child and your family and you can invite friends and family to play a special part in your child's life.
The Baptism service paints a vivid picture of the Christian life and is a sign of the choice to follow Jesus. The water reminds us of God's promise to cleanse and refresh us; the signing with the cross reminds us that we belong to Christ; the promises speak of a choice to turn away from selfishness and instead turn towards Jesus; and the lighted candle is symbolic of the light of Christ conquering the darkness.
At a child's baptism, parents and godparents promise to ‘draw them by example into the community of faith', and to ‘help them take their place within the life and worship of Christ's church', as well as making the profound promises of Christian baptism on their behalf.
Thanksgivings and Baptisms can take place as part of the Family Service on the first Sunday in the month or on other Sundays at midday. Why not come along to our Family Service on the1st Sunday of the month to get a feel for the church.
Please contact the churchwardens to talk through the different options
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