We believe that each person is unique and is loved by God.
Baptism (or Christening) is the way we recognise that God loves us and is involved in our lives. Baptism is the sign that we are beginning our Christian journey and are a part of the Christian family.
The birth of a baby is a special event for a family, and baptism (or christening) is an important part of the celebration. But Baptism isn’t just for babies and children. In fact, it doesn’t matter how old you are when you’re baptised, in the Church of England we baptise babies, children or adults – but if you are too young to know what is going on, then your parents and Godparents make certain promises on your behalf. Click here for more information on Baptism from the Church of England website.
If you live in our parish or worship regularly with us and are interested in Baptism for yourself or your child, please contact the Revd Lautenbach, for more details.
We invite parents exploring baptism for their children to come along to our main 10:00am service on Sundays (please check the What’s On page as there are other occasional monthly services parents and children could also attend).
Marriage and Weddings
Deciding to get married is an important step, and getting married in church, in God’s presence and making a public statement of your love for each other is, we believe, the best start you can make for your married life.
If you’d like to be married at St Mary’s, please contact the Revd Lautenbach.
If you live in Burghfield or Burghfield Common you have a right to be married in your parish church, St Mary’s.
If you don’t live in the parish, but have lived here in the past (for at least 6 months), or have family or other connections with the church, you also have a right to be married in St Mary’s. Contact Revd Glynn to discuss it further.
When someone you love dies it can leave you feeling stunned, angry, numb, worn out, empty, confused, overwhelmed, or a million other things. We at St Mary’s are here to help you in this time, both to make the practical arrangements for the funeral service, and to talk or just sit with someone who cares.
If you would like to talk to arrange a funeral service at St Mary’s Church, or at the crematorium, or if you’d like to talk to someone in confidence when someone has recently died, please contact the Revd Lautenbach.
Or you might want to ask the funeral director to make contact with us on your behalf.