Additional Services

Weddings

A church wedding is a great way for a couple to express their life-long
commitment to each other. We will do our best to make your wedding a wonderful,
spiritual, experience for you and your family and friends.

To book a wedding with us, please contact the Office on 0114 2690371 if no one is available please leave a message and Linda will get back to and make you an appointment to make a  booking at the church. To reserve a particular date we ask for a deposit of £40.

In the months prior to your wedding date we will contact you to arrange a meeting with you to discuss the details of your big day. This will enable you to meet with the Minister before you get married, it will gave you an opportunity to explore with them what makes for a strong and lasting marriage, and also to plan the details of your wedding service.

We look forward to hearing from you, but in the meantime here are the answers
to some common questions:

Who can get married at St James?
If  neither of you has been married before (see below if you have previously been in a married relationship) and at least one of you lives in the parish or meets one of the other ‘qualifying connections’ then we will be able  to take your booking.  If you are unsure whether you live in the parish please  check by visiting ‘A Church Near You’ and clicking ‘find us’.

If you don’t currently live in the parish, and you’re not already on our
Electoral Roll (membership list), then you can still get married with us if you
can show:

That one of you can answer ‘yes’ to one of the following criteria:

  • has at any time lived in the parish for a period of at least 6 months
  • was baptised in the parish of woodhouse
  • was prepared for confirmation in the parish
  • 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

If none of these things are the case, don’t worry! You can still get married
with us, but you’ll need to attend our services for a period of 6 months (so you
can go on our Electoral Roll). We will usually take a provisional booking once you
have attended for about 3 months. We ask you to normally attend at least once a
month.

Do you remarry divorcees?
We want everyone who wants to, to be able to have their marriage service in church and we are very happy and open to talk to you  about the possibility of remarrying in church and do not want to place barriers in the way, but our Church will want to discuss with you what is different about this new marriage, and lessons learned from your previous marriage as well as the reasons for the previous marriage being dissolved.

What are banns?
Banns are the legal method by which we  acquire the license to perform your wedding. Banns have to be read here at St James and if one of you lives in another parish in that
parish as well. It is your responsibility to arrange to have your banns read in the other parish, although we will give you guidance and help in this regard. It is worth contacting them well ahead of your wedding date to ensure that they are read. The other parish will also need to charge you, for providing a certificate to prove that the banns have been read. The banns are read over a period of three weeks at each weekly service consecutively and typically six weeks before the wedding is due to take place and we encourage you to come along to at least one of those services here at St James to hear the reading of your banns.

To find out which parish you live in, please visit A Church Near You, which
includes a postcode finder (the link will open in a new window).

The service
We normally conduct weddings on a Saturday but we are very flexible to meet your needs as we understand the difficulties in booking receptions, etc. You are asked to choose two hymns to be sung during the service and we will also talk to you about music as part of our wedding preparation sessions and will provide you with a list of frequently requested hymns. Except during Lent and Advent there will be some flowers in church, but you are welcome to provide additional flowers and we will also provide some coloured bows to go on the end of each pew in the church but all of this can be discussed and amended to your liking as best we can.

Do you do wedding blessings?
We are very happy to carry out wedding blessings, where the couple repeat their wedding vows. Increasingly, people choose to get married abroad, and a wedding blessing is a good way of allowing friends and family to celebrate the wedding, once the couple have returned from their honeymoon. Wedding blessings are also a good way of celebrating significant anniversaries. Again, please contact the Church Office on 0114 2 690371 to find out more details.

How can I find out more information?
Please visit the Church of England’s wedding website (the link will open in a new window) or for frequently asked questions click here.

Funerals:

Here at St James we are experienced in taking funerals either going into a burial in a cemetery or to a crematorium. Most our funerals are taken by Revd. June Fox.  The family are offered support before the funeral and will be invited our Bereavement Coffee Mornings and our Memorial Service which takes place each year in November. Please contact your chosen Funeral Director in the first instance.

Baptisms

To book your Baptism please contact the Church Office where you can listen to our information and leave a message.

If it is more convenient ring Revd June on 07855 240978, leave a message if she is not avavilable.

Baptism (sometimes called Christening) is the way in which we welcome  children and adults into the Christian faith, as a member of the world-wide Church. They usually take place about once on the Second Sunday at 12:30 – after our morning service. Although we do not charge for Baptism services, we do have a plate available at the back of the church where donations can be made.

For children and adults
If you would like your child to be baptised or you are an adult who wishes to be baptised,  please contact Revd June in either of the ways mentioned above who will arrange to meet with you when you can make a full booking at the church. She will explain what happens in more detail, but briefly, wyou will be askd to attend 2 Baptism preparation session and to attend at least our All Age Service on the first Sunday of the month prior to the baptism and to attend a brief meeting for about an hour – usually the week before – with the Godparents as well where we will look through what will happen. This is so that you and your family can feel more relaxed as you will have a better idea of what is going to happen.

Godparents
The choice of godparents is an important part of baptism. Godparents must be baptised and people you feel will support your child in their journey of life and faith. People normally choose three godparents but please or when you book your baptism if you have concerns.

What baptism means
Baptism marks the beginning of a journey with God which continues for the rest of our lives, the first step in  response to God’s love. It is a joyful moment when we rejoice in what God has done for us in Christ, making serious promises and declaring our Christian faith. The wider community of the local church and friends welcome the newly  baptised, promising support and prayer for the future. Hearing and doing these things provides an opportunity to remember our own baptism and reflect on the progress made on that journey, which is now to be shared with this new member of the Church.

Baptism is the first step in the Christian journey and we are here to support you (and your child) on the further steps of that journey. We welcome you to join us in our services and groups as part of that journey of faith.

The Church of England’s website also has more information on baptisms (the link opens in a new window).  There is also a frequently asked section which can be accessed here.