We are privileged to be able to play a part in your special occasion. We are always glad to hear from anyone planning a baptism, wedding or funeral. YOU are welcome here.
Baptisms / Christenings are usually held on Sundays, most often at 12.30pm. A baptism is a wonderful celebration of new life. In Baptism we welcome people into the Christian faith. Promises are made by parents on behalf of their children. Adults commit themselves to be members of the church family.
There is no charge for a Baptism service, although donations are appreciated and a collection plate is available at the end of the service. Our primary concern is the person being baptised - it doesn't matter if the child's parents are married or baptised or not, a same-sex couple, a single parent household, an adoptive family, or any other issue. There is no upper age limit for baptism - it's never too late!
Confirmation is an important occasion when Christians confirm their faith for themselves. Contact us to find out more.
Weddings have straightforward and important legal issues attached, which we will be pleased to talk through with you. If you live in the parish, or fulfil various other qualifications, you're entitled to be married in church! We are pleased to remarry divorcees in church (there will be a couple of very simple questions to answer). Please contact the Vicar to discuss the arrangements as early as possible to ensure the date and time you'd like can be fixed.
Blessings for marriages held elsewhere can be held in church , and we welcome ALL people who wish to celebrate these.
Changes to the registration of marriages took effect in 2021 - more information here. Registers are no longer held by the church, and those seeking duplicate copies of wedding details, or looking into historic information should contact Tameside Registrars, or the Manchester Central Library as the holders of local archives.
Funerals can be held in church for anyone who lives in, or has a connection to the parish - the deceased may have attended church all their life or not at all - all are welcome and we are privileged to play a part at this most important time. Our clergy are also able to officiate at funerals at crematoria or cemeteries: please contact them directly, or via the Funeral Director. For information about baby funerals please click here.
St George's Church has a Garden of Remembrance in which ashes can be buried - this is a dignified resting place for loved ones - contact the Vicar for more information.