Life Events

Funerals
A Church of England-led funeral is available to everyone and at St Chad’s, we try and give support before, during and after the service, for as long as it’s needed. We work with all our local Funeral Directors to book funerals at St Chad’s and to ensure each funeral service is personal and reflects the life of the person who has died. Claire, our Vicar and Sean, our Curate also take funerals that happen entirely at the Crematorium which are equally as personal. Family members are welcome to speak or can share their loved one’s story with Claire or Sean who are always happy to speak on your behalf. Your choice of music can be played, poems can be read and hymns, if you would like them, can also be sung.

As well as telling the story of your loved one, Claire or Sean will also speak of God’s love for him or her and for those who grieve. They will share a short bible reading, pray for you and for the person you have lost before commending them into God’s care. You can find our more about Church of England Funerals here https://churchofenglandfunerals.org/

Support for those who have been bereaved
As well as meeting with families before a funeral takes place, Claire and Sean are always happy to meet with bereaved families after the funeral service. We aren’t trained counsellors but we can listen and we can pray with and for you. There are also plenty of other folk at St Chad’s who are willing and able to chat – many have experienced bereavement of their own and are really good listeners. If you would like to chat please do get in touch or alternatively, pop in to Place of Welcome one Friday morning.

Bereaved families with whom we’ve had contact are also invited to our annual memorial service which takes place at the very beginning of November.

Weddings
We do weddings! Marrying in church is as personal, meaningful and spiritual as you want it to be. Churches are special and unique places to get married in – the prayers, promises and the whole service of celebration become part of your marriage, on the day itself and beyond.

We would be delighted to meet with you to talk about your wedding. If you live in the Parish of Rubery or you have a qualifying connection to St Chad’s, we can begin the conversation straight away. You can check using these links:

http://www.achurchnearyou.com

http://www.yourchurchwedding.org/article/finding-a-church/

If you don’t live locally or have a connection to the church, don’t panic – there are often things we can do help. Either way, please do get in touch.

Christenings
During a Christening service, an adult, child or baby is baptised with water. It’s the start of an amazing journey of faith for them and a special day for their friends and family. If you want to know more about baptism / christening in the Church of England, you can find out more here https://churchofenglandchristenings.org/

Here at St Chad’s we offer baptism / christening services once a month at both 10am and 12pm on a Sunday. If you choose a 10am service, then the baptism / christening will take place during our regular Sunday Service which lasts about an hour. You would be the only baptism family there that day and our regular congregation will welcome you and make a fuss of you all! The 12pm slot is just a baptism service so lasts about half an hour. There may be up to three families there having their babies / children baptised that day.

Baptism families (and, if possible, Godparents) are invited to attend a Baptism Preparation evening before the big day. The evening lasts about an hour and we talk through what baptism is, what promises parents and Godparents are making and what happens on the day. Please note that Godparents must be baptised themselves in order to be Godparents.

We are also happy to baptise adults – if you’re interested in being baptised yourself, please do get in touch.