Weddings and Baptisms (Christenings)

Firstly, congratulations on your forthcoming marriage or on the safe arrival of your baby! If you live in the parish of St Alfege, have a close pastoral connection with this Church, or regularly attend services here then do please make contact with us about the services of Baptism or Marriage.

 

You can find out which is your local parish church at A Church near you. Our parish boundaries are Deptford Creek, Norman Road, Greenwich High Road, Blackheath Road, Blackheath Hill and Shooters Hill Road, Maze Hill, Hoskins Street and the River Thames. Download map showing parish boundaries (.pdf, 105kb).

 

Baptism

Baptism (sometimes called a Christening) is the sacrament of welcome into the universal Church. If you live in the parish of St Alfege the baptism can take place here. If you have a close pastoral connection with St Alfeges or regularly attend services, but don’t live within the Parish, then the baptism can take place here. If you do not live in the parish and do not have a pastoral connection, we suggest that you contact your local parish church. It is important that baptism takes place in a church community that can nurture your faith and welcome you to become part of its community.

Baptisms are held throughout the year, either within the main Sunday service or on a set Sunday afternoon. There are no charges for baptism.

For young people and adults wishing to be baptised and confirmed, we run preparation courses roughly twice a year.

Initial enquiries can be made to the Church office, 020 8853 0687 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Otherwise, the Clergy are available during vestry hour, each Saturday, between 10am-11am. Please come and meet us!

 

Weddings or Marriage Blessings

How can you get married at St Alfege?

The guidelines set by the Church of England state that a couple may be married in a particular Church if they can show one of the following seven connections to it.

That one of you:

·         Was baptised in the parish or

·         Was prepared for confirmation in the parish or

·         Has at any time lived in the parish for a period of at least 6 months or

·         Has at any time regularly gone to normal church services in the parish church for a period of at least 6 months and is on the electoral roll* 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 time regularly gone to normal church services in the parish church for a period of at least 6 months and is on the electoral roll* or

That one of your parents or grandparents:

·         Was married in the parish.

*The electoral roll is our membership list and is made up of those who worship here regularly. People can join the electoral roll once they have attended St Alfege’s regularly for six months, and if they intend to continue doing so.

 

Booking your Wedding or Marriage Blessing

Initial enquiries can be made to the Church office, 020 8853 0687 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Otherwise, the Clergy are available during vestry hour, each Saturday, between 10am-11am. Please come and meet us!

What to bring with you:

·         Proof of ID- a passport or driving licence

·         Proof of address- driving licence or recent utility bill

·         Any specific documents required- your decree absolute if you have been divorced; your marriage certificate if you would like a Wedding Blessing.

·         To secure the booking, we require a deposit of £200 (non-returnable in the case of cancellation).

 

Planning your Wedding service

The Church of England website https://www.yourchurchwedding.org/ has lots of helpful information about preparing for marriage. It can also answer many of your practical questions as well as providing ideas for readings and hymns.

 


 

Charges for Weddings and Marriage Blessings

These fall into two categories: statutory fees required by the Church of England and charges for music etc which are at the discretion of the local church. Statutory fees do not apply to marriage blessings.

 

Statutory Fees - from January 2017

Publication of banns of marriage: £28.00
Certificate of banns (if required):
£13.00
Marriage service:
£424.00
Marriage certificate:
£4.00

 

 

Local charges

Verger (including registers/certificate): £60.00
Organist:
£180.00
Choir of four experienced singers (
£95.00/chorister): £380.00
Permission to video:
£150.00

Note: an additional sum of
£50.00 for the organist and £25.00 for each choir member must be paid under music copyright. This charge refers to any video recording, not just to professional recording.

Donation: we ask for a donation, if you are able to do so, of 
£250.00 towards the costs of heating, lighting, cleaning and upkeep of the historic fabric of this famous church. We ask you to Gift Aid this separately from the other charges. (For every £100 you give, we can claim, as a charitable body, another £25 from the government in reclaimed tax). Cheques can be made payable to St Alfege PCC.

 

 

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