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Church in Wales

It has always been the privilege of the Church to share in the significant times of peoples lives. At The Res’ we continue to welcome a large number of people who choose to mark their significant times of life with us. Below you will find information on how to go about booking for such occasions. Of course, it costs money to keep a church open, and so also outlined is our fee structure for 2017.

Occasional Office Fees 

Baptisms, Weddings and Funerals

Baptisms (or Christenings)

When a person is baptised they become a member of the Church and of the worldwide Christian family. The Church is not just a special building, but a community of people who are united together to serve our Lord Jesus Christ. Baptism is a beginning, not an end. It marks the start of the Christian life. Newly born babies need love, care and attention as they grow up. The same is true for the newly baptised, whether they be babies, children or adults – they need to be nurtured in order to grow into a mature Christian faith.

If you are considering baptism for yourself or your child at The Res’ you will be expected to attend a 10.00am service one Sunday morning, after which time you will be able to discuss possible dates for the baptism. There is no charge for a baptism, though we do ask families to make a donation towards the cost of running of the church.

For further details please contact Revd Jan Gould 029 2067 9833   jan.gould2@btinternet.com

Weddings

If you are looking at this section of our website because you are planning to get married Congratulations! Here you will find some basic guidance about weddings in our parish.

Until recently the Law stated that one of the couple must live in the parish where a church wedding was to take place. Recent changes to the Law now mean you can have a church wedding in a Church on Wales Church so long as one of the following criteria are met:

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 concerned 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.

Of course, if you currently live in the parish then you also qualify to marry in the parish.

From 2nd March 2015, there have been further changes to the Law regarding Church Marriages.

In all cases couples wanting to book a church wedding will now be asked for evidence of nationality 

Where one or both parties to a marriage is a non-EEA national and wish to marriage in a Church in Wales parish such as ours, the parties will each have to give notice via civil preliminaries (at the Register Office) and obtain a superintendent registrar’s certificate (SRC) for marriage. In these circumstances a church wedding cannot go ahead without the SRC.

So how much does a Church wedding cost and who makes that decision?

Some fees are statutory and are decided by the Church in Wales. Other are decided at a local level by the Parochial Church Council of each individual church (PCC). The fees for a wedding in the Church of the Resurrection for 2015 are as follows:

Church in Wales

 

Incumbent

£185.00

Church in Wales

 

PCC fee

£245.00

PCC

Organist

£65.00

PCC

Verger

£15.00

TOTAL £510.00

PCC

winter heating cost
(Oct – Mar)

£50.00

All wedding fees to be paid in cash

Calling of Banns (for weddings elsewhere)

PCC fee

£40.00

Banns fees to be paid in cash

Extra flowers (Separately negotiated)

For any enquiries regarding getting married in our church please contact Revd Jan Gould

Funerals

For all of us there will come times in our lives when we will lose people we love. These can be very difficult times, bewildering times, painful times. At such times it is a comfort to know there are others who are there to care for us and guide us through the process of saying goodbye to our loved ones. For 80 years the Church of the resurrection has stood at the heart of the community of Ely as a witness to God’s love, and has, through the funerals conducted by its clergy, commended countless people to that love and to the life of eternity when their earthly lives have ended.

After the funeral we continue to care for those bereaved through the work of our Bereavement Support Team. They are there to offer support and friendship for as long as it is needed to those who have been bereaved. This generally begins with a phone call to families a few weeks after the funeral to see how they are coping. For many people that is all they need to know they are cared for, but for others a visit to the home may be requested.

We also hold an annual service for All Souls Tide (usually on the closest Sunday to Nov 2nd at 3.00pm) and all families who have had a funeral in the past 12 months will be invited to attend that service, though it is not exclusively for them. All are welcome, and the names of the departed are read out and candles lit in their memory.

Clergy also conduct funerals for those who live in their parish but who, for whatever reason, do not wish to have a funeral in church. So nobody is outside the care of the church in their time of loss.

The cost of a funeral can be several £1,000’s, only a small part of which is for the actual funeral service. Below is set out the cost of a funeral in the Church of the Resurrection.

Church in Wales

Incumbent

£83.00

Church in Wales

PCC fee

£100.00

Church in Wales

Organist

£65.00

Church in Wales

Verger

£15.00

TOTAL: 263.00

Funeral fees are paid through the funeral director

The usual process for booking a funeral is to see the funeral director first who will then contact the clergy on your behalf and arrange a mutually convenient time.