A marriage, the birth of a baby and the death of a loved one are the most important moments in life. The Church has always been the natural place for them, and for many people today, that very much remains the case. The sense of mystery present and also the eternal perspective of this life takes on its richest dimension.
St John’s, so well known and loved, is particularly well suited in Isleworth. And St John’s Hall can be the ideal place for a cup of tea and cake, or for a drink and buffet, or a sit down function with dancing afterwards – whatever is appropriate for the occasion.
The first thing you should do is to contact the Vicar. Each occasion is unique and, to make sure it will be as you would want, it is always best to discuss things as early as possible. There are (in particular for a wedding) legalities which have to be met.
Click on the headings below for more information on each
Baptism is traced back to Jesus himself being baptised in the river Jordan. It marks the moment when a person publicly states that they’re a Christian. In the Church of England we baptise both adults and children (this is sometimes called Christening).
Some parents choose to give thanks to God for the birth of a child but would like the child to choose for themselves when they are older if they would like to be baptised or not. A service of thanksgiving will involve many of the elements of a Christening service, but without the water, and without a pledge of commitment.
There is no set charge for a Baptism and a Thanksgivings after a birth – although a donation is always much appreciated.
Read more about this on the Church of England website.
For further details, or to make arrangements, please contact the vicar.
A young person or adult may choose to affirm the promises that their parents made at their baptism as a young child, by being confirmed at a service in which the local bishop will pray over you.
The Church of England website has more detailed information on confirmations.
Please contact the vicar if you are interested in this service.
Both St John’s and St Mary’s make an excellent setting for a wedding. St John’s with its fixed pews lends itself to more traditional occasions and St Mary’s with movable chairs gives flexibility. Each has a garden for photo opportunities.
Please contact the Vicar to discuss practicalities, reading of the Banns, and the preparation we recommend. There are fixed fees for weddings, which we have to pass on to the Diocese of London.
Losing a loved one is a difficult time, and planning a funeral to reflect their lives can be a challenge. The Church of England offers help with where to start at this website.
Funeral services can be held in St John’s or St Mary’s, or at a nearby crematorium, by the vicar. There are fixed fees for funerals, which we have to pass on to the Diocese of London. Please contact the vicar if you would like to discuss planning a funeral.