CHURCH OF THE GOOD SHEPHERD
BOROUGH GREEN, KENT
COGS LIFE EVENTS & SERVICES
If you have recently become engaged, congratulations!
You’re welcome to marry in the Church of England whatever your beliefs, whether or not you are christened and regardless of whether you go to church or not. It’s your church, and we welcome you!
There is a lot more information about Church of England weddings at www.yourchurchwedding.org/
For enquires about weddings please use the enquiry form and we’ll be in touch
WHAT IS A CHRISTENING?
During a christening, your child will be baptized with water. It’s the start of an amazing journey of faith for your child and a special day for all your friends and family. Follow the links to find answers to your questions and to explore all that a christening means, not just on the day but long afterwards.
Your child is precious to you and precious to God. You want the very best for them, and so does God. You want them to make right choices in life, for themselves and for others.
A christening is just the beginning of this and so much more.
- Over the years to come, it’s a journey you’ll share together with your child by:
- Being there for your child to talk to about the bigger questions of life – questions about hope, faith and love.
- Praying for your child through the ups and downs of their faith journey.
- Showing them practically how to make those good choices in life.
- Helping them to learn more about their Christian faith, through their church and in other ways.
As part of a Christening, the parents and Godparents make special promises for the child (you can find those promises and the full words of the service here). Some families may not be quite ready to make those promises and so decide to have a service of Thanksgiving for the Gift of a Child. If you would like to discuss this further then get in touch.
Godparents are really important. Choosing them is one of the biggest decisions you will make. Whether you are still thinking or have already asked some special friends, discover more about what it means to be or have godparents. Whether you have questions about gifts or want to explore the promises, there are answers to your questions here.
Choosing the right people as godparents for your child is a big decision. Here are some key things which might help you decide:
- Godparents will be people who’ll be in touch with your family for many years to come. They may be relatives or friends of the family.
- They’ll be people who you know you can trust and who’ll be there for your child to talk about the bigger questions in life; questions about faith, hope and love.
- They should feel ready to make some big promises about faith for your child in church.
Every child should have at least three godparents, two of the same sex and at least one of the opposite sex to your child. Although there is no official maximum number of godparents, three or four is usual. If you’d like more than that, talk to your vicar about the practicalities and they’ll be pleased to advise.
Parents may be godparents for their own children, providing they have at least one other godparent.
Because of the very special role they have in supporting your child’s faith journey, godparents must be baptized themselves
At CoGS we are delighted to hear from all families interested in Christenings. To make an enquiry, please complete the form and we’ll be in touch with you.
There’s more information about Christenings to be found at: https://churchofenglandchristenings.org
God’s love and power extend over all creation. Every life, including our own, is precious to God. Christians have always believed that there is hope in death as in life and that there is new life in Christ over death.
Even those who share such faith find that there is a real sense of loss at the death of a loved one. We will each have had our own experiences of their life and death, with different memories and different feelings of love, grief and respect.
In all the funeral services we conduct we seek to honour the person who has died, giving great attention to the story of their lives and being open to the use poetry and music that reflects their personality and your feelings.
Working with the family and the funeral directors we will find the most appropriate way to celebrate the person’s life, to give thanks for all they gave and received and to hold them in God’s love.
While a Church of England funeral has a few elements that much be included, there is a great deal of flexibility to tailor the service for each person.
We also work with people making advanced plans for their own funeral services, helping to take some of the stress away from loved ones having to make decisions without knowing the persons wishes
For enquires about a funeral, or to start making advance plans, please fill in the enquiry form and we will get in touch.
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