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Baptism (Christening)

We are always pleased to have enquiries from parents about a child's baptism (or from adults wanting to take that step themselves). Simply come to our 10 am Sunday service, and at the end our Baptism team will meet you, talk things through with you, and give details of our preparation sessions; we can normally book a provisional date too.

Baptisms take place at 12 noon on one or two Sundays a month or (if you prefer) in our 10 am service. More details here.


Getting married at St Bartholomew's

We are delighted that so many couples want to marry at St Bartholomew's, and we do our best to provide a Christian service that's memorable and offer appropriate preparation. You don't have to be a regular churchgoer, anyone who lives in the parish, or has a "Qualifying Connection" with us, is welcome. We take bookings after our 10 am Sunday service, though its best to contact us first informally, especially if you live outside the town, or if either of you is divorced. More details here and at yourchurchwedding.org.

We're also happy to offer a service of blessing after a marriage elsewhere, or to help you celebrate an anniversary.


Bereavement and sickness

The church and its ministers are always ready to offer a Christian funeral or memorial service, in St Bartholomew's or at a crematorium or burial ground, whether or not your loved one was a regular churchgoer; it's best to ask the undertaker to contact us for arrangements.

Our Pastoral Team, supervised by the Vicar and Pastoral Assistants, keeps in touch with bereaved, sick, and housebound people, and they regularly take Holy Communion to private homes and care homes. On request, we offer a ministry of prayer with the laying-on of hands and (if wished) anointing with oil.

Part of the churchyard is set aside as a Garden of Remembrance for cremated remains and the ashes of any parishioner may be interred (not scattered) by arrangement. Their name is normally entered in our Book of Remembrance in church, but there are no individual memorials in the Garden. The churchyard itself is closed for burials but we own a burial ground in Hope Street, Great Harwood.


The Journey Continues

Please feel free to explore with us the next step in your Christian journey. This could include the public step of Confirmation, joining a small group to discuss Christian faith and life, joining us at Church one day, or trying:

Rejesus (http://www.rejesus.co.uk)