Thanksgivings - Baptisms - Confirmation
- Weddings -
Prayer and Dedication after civil marriage – Funerals
The Church is very much involved with important
moments in life. Whether it is right at the beginning with Christening
- which we call Baptism; or the joy of seeing two people committing
their lives together in marriage. Or maybe at a sadder time
when a loved one has died.
Thanksgiving and Baptism are 'ways in' to belonging
to the family of the church.
always good to celebrate the arrival of a new member in the
family - whether the child is your own or adopted. If you are
thinking about asking for Baptism, please contact Anne Lee on
01934 823556. We will visit you and talk over the issues surrounding
Baptism. In the service you will be expected to make promises
about bringing your child up in the Christian faith. These include
being an example as a Christian yourself, praying for your child
and bringing them regularly to church. If you feel that this
is something you are unable to do but still want to have a special
service in church, then ask for a Thanksgiving service. No expectations
will be made of you and – if you choose, you can leave
it at that.
Baptism - what will happen next
But if you would like to go further and together
with Godparents, make vows about how you want your child to
grow in the Christian faith, then we will invite you to explore
more about your faith. You will be invited to an evening meeting
where you will meet other parents who are looking at what baptism
is about. We will want to visit you again and arrange the service
as well as getting Godparent details from you.
What if a parent wants baptism too -
or an adult coming for baptism?
Sometimes parents who have not been baptised themselves
want to be baptised at the same time as their children. This
is fine, but adult baptism is about owning your Christian faith
and we would expect you to think about either belonging to a
church and coming regularly and/or consider doing a Christian
basics courses which will run at various times through the year.
Weddings at St Augustine's Church Locking
about getting married and wondering where? We love doing weddings.
A church wedding offers something unique - a beautiful
setting, a meaningful service, a spiritual element God is involved.
Some questions people ask:-
Do we both have to be baptised?
No neither of you have to be baptised
Do we have to live in the parish?
Not any more. You can get married in Locking Church if you
fulfill one of the following
1. One of you lives In Locking
2. One of you is on the church electoral roll
3. One of you has at any time lived in Locking for 6 months
4. One of you has at any time regularly worshipped in Locking
Church for 6 months or more
5. One of you was baptised in Locking Church
6. One of you was prepared for confirmation in Locking Church
7. One of your parents has lived in Locking in their life for
6 months or more
8, One of your parents has at some time worshipped in Locking
Church for 6 months or more
9. One of your parents or grandparents was married In Locking
Neither of us attends or belongs to a church.
That's OK - we want to welcome you and help you with your
special day and beyond
How much does it cost?
It cost £744 to be married in Locking Church. This
includes the organist and bells.
Calling of banns: £30*
Marriage certificate: £4* (may choose to have more than
one. Subsequent certificates £10)
Marriage Service: £455*
Bell Ringing: £120
Audio/visual licence fee: £15 - If a
video or sound recording is made of the wedding and recorded
music (on CD or tablet/phone) is played you must obtain
a licence from www.prsformusic.com
The cost is dependent on the number of copies made.
*fees that must be paid for a wedding. Please
make cheques payable to ‘St Augustine’s Locking
Church Wedding Flowers
We can provide contact details of a florist who lives in
Locking who would be happy to undertake this if required. You
are welcome to bring in your own florist or arrange them yourselves,
but please contact me at least 3 months in advance to let me
know your plans. If you do not require any special flowers and
are happy to have our usual church flowers I would appreciate
it if you can still contact me, and I’ll try to tie them
in with your colour scheme. Please contact Gillian Jones 01934
813780 / 07806 471930.
Please note that any accessories left behind
from your wedding decorations will be disposed of if uncollected
after 4 weeks.
Do we have to do marriage preparation?
We encourage all our couples to come for one evening - it's
fun and informal and you will meet other couples.
What about the reception?
You can choose anywhere for your reception - though in Locking
we have a lovely new refurbished centre opposite the church
that can be hired out. See Church Centre
What if one of us has been married before?
We would love to meet with you and explore whether this
is possible for you. We are always able to offer a Service of
Prayer and Dedication after a civil wedding.
We are celebrating our wedding anniversary and
would like to re-do our vows.
We would love to do that — it is a very special thing
to do. There is a special service that we use for this.
So if you are thinking about getting married in
church, or have questions you would like to ask, then please
be in touch with us —
we would be happy to meet with you. Please contact 01934 823556
When someone loved dies, there are many jobs to
organise in the first few days including the funeral service.
We always try to be available to take services for anyone in
Locking/Hutton. We enjoy good relationships with the Funeral
Directors in this area. If you want Rev Anne Lee to take your
service, please either contact us directly or do so through
the Funeral Directors.
Every November, there is a Parish Memorial Service
in Locking and Hutton where everyone who has been to a Parish
- organised funeral in the last year, is invited to hear the
name of their loved one read out.
Both Locking and Hutton churches have ‘closed’
churchyards. This means that we cannot start any more new graves
in the yards. We can carry out burials only in family graves
where there is still space.
However, we can still take cremated remains in
a wooden urn. These may be buried in an existing family grave
or in a new space in each churches garden of remembrance. Locking
church is getting close to being completely filled.
According to Diocesan Regulations anyone wishing
to put a tablet, vase, memorial or other marker in St Augustine's
Locking churchyard, must first seek the permission of the Incumbent
Priest and the Parish Church Council. Ornaments placed on a
grave may be removed in order to allow the maintenance of the
grass in the churchyard. Please do not leave flowers in cellophane
wrappers. All dead flowers and plants will be removed.
Please see Churchyard
Regulations for required permissions and specifications
regarding monument and tablet sizes.
Please note that Hutton churchyard have a separate
requirement for churchyard memorial tablets. All tablets must
be ‘Roman Stone / Nabrescini’ material in order
to keep within the Mendip stone character of the area.