Baptisms, Weddings (& Banns) & Funerals
If you would like your child (or yourself) to be baptised please go to the Clergy Surgery between 9:30am and 11am on a Saturday at our sister church of St Stephen & St Agnes in Vansittart Road. Please note there isn't usually a surgery in August, on the Saturday before Easter Day or the Saturday just before Christmas. If you are in the army and want your padre to baptise your child please visit the Clergy Surgery to complete the paperwork although you may wish to agree a suitable date with him or her directly (the parish team and padres work alongside other so it is entirely your choice whether your padre or one of the parish clergy baptise your child). There is no charge for baptisms (although we’re always grateful for any contributions left on the plate on the way out!). You do not have to be baptised in the parish in which you live, although if you/your child is baptised outside your parish the priest will let your vicar know.
If you live in a parish, or have a “qualifying connection” to the church in which you wish to be married, you can be considered for marriage there. If you would like to marry in Holy Trinity please go to the Clergy Surgery between 9:30am and 11am on a Saturday at our sister church of St Stephen & St Agnes in Vansittart Road (there isn't usually a surgery in August, on the Saturday before Easter Day or the Saturday just before Christmas). We need to be able to verify your identity so please bring your passports (and further information may be requested). Please note marriage is the decision of the priest so cannot just be booked by contacting the Church Office.
You can be married in Holy Trinity church if you or your fiancé(e):
· live or have lived within the Windsor Team boundaries for at least six months
· were baptised or prepared for confirmation at one of the Team churches
. has regularly attended church services for six months at one of the Team churches (ie Holy Trinity, Parish Church of St John the Baptist, All Saints (Frances Road), St Stephen & St Agnes)
· your parents or grandparents were married in one of the Team churches
· your parents have lived within the Team Boundaries for at least six months since you were born.
· you or your parent(s) have worshipped in one of the Team churches for at least 6 months
If you do not qualify under any of the above then you may choose to attend any one of the Team churches regularly on a Sunday (at least twice a month) for a period of at least six months before your banns are called i.e. at least 8 months before you are married. Please attend church for 3 months before you come and see us about your wedding. We can help you to show that you have been meeting these criteria by obtaining a signed copy of our pew leaflet each time you attend.
If one of you is not a British or EEA citizen then you may be required to obtain a Superintendant Registrars Certificate but you will also have to show that you qualify to be married in one of the Team churches.
There is a helpful website for couples who wish to marry in church www.yourchurchwedding.org.
If you live in the parish and would like to have banns read please visit our Clergy Surgery between 9:30am and 11am on a Saturday at our sister church of St Stephen & St Agnes in Vansittart Road (there isn't usually a surgery in August, on the Saturday before Easter Day or the Saturday just before Christmas). We need to be able to verify your identity so please bring your passports. There is a fee for the publication (reading) of banns and issuing of the certificate (which the clergyperson marrying you will need to see).
If you are marrying at Holy Trinity, or one of its sister churches, your banns will automatically read here but if you aren't living this parish at the time of your marriage it is your responsibility to ensure that banns are read in the parish in which you live. Banns are read in the parish in which you are marrying and the parish in which you live so it's possible that they may be being read in up to three parishes. Please contact the other parishes in plenty of time before your wedding.
Your loved one is entitled to a funeral in the parish in which they have lived regardless of whether he/she was a churchgoer. Usually the funeral director will contact the priest, who will then spend time with you prior to the service, and offer you their support and that of the parish afterwards. If you are a funeral director wishing to arrange a funeral at Holy Trinity please email [email protected]