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Baptism [Christening]

We are always delighted to baptize (or christen) infants, children and adults into the family of the church. Arrangements for baptism are usually made at our weekly surgery, which takes place every Thursday between 6.00 pm and 7.00 pm at St Petroc’s Rectory. There are no fees associated with this service how you are invited to make a donation towards the upkeep of the church.

The baptism of infants and children usually takes place during the 10.00 am Sunday Morning Eucharist or at an alternative agreed time and day [usually a Sunday]  A Local Pastoral Minister visits each family in the month before the Baptism and explains about the service and the promises which the parents and godparents will make.  They will also, as a representative of the fellowship of the church, be present to support and welcome the family and friends at the baptism service. When adults wish to be baptized we hope this will lead to their confirmation. 

As part of the Church of England, we are organised on a parish basis, hence our ministry is primarily to those living within Bodmin. Where the person being baptised lives elsewhere, then we work in close cooperation with their own local church.

Sometimes parents choose a thanksgiving service for the birth of their child, which includes prayers of gratitude for the gift of their baby, and prayers of blessing for God's grace in their lives. Baptism can then follow at a later date.

For further details, either come to St Petroc’s Rectory on any Thursday between 6.00 pm and 7.00 pm or email bodmin.teamministry@gmail.com



Weddings

Most weddings take place on Saturdays. Couples are encouraged to make arrangements for weddings at our weekly surgery, which takes place every Thursday between 6.00 pm and 7.00 pm at St Petroc’s Rectory, Priory Road, Bodmin. No appointment is necessary.

All couples are invited and encouraged to attend an evening of marriage preparation. Additionally the priest taking the service will conduct a rehearsal with the couple and if required meet with them to discuss additional details of the wedding.

There are legal restrictions as to whom we may marry and if you do not fulfil the residential qualifications other alternatives/options can be discussed with the Team Rector either on a Thursday evening or by making an appointment to meet at a mutually convenient time.

It is possible to arrange for a church service of thanksgiving and dedication of a civil marriage, when permission for a church wedding is not granted.

Where some-one is divorced and their former partner is still living, then the Team Rector is happy to meet and discuss the circumstances, advising accordingly.

For further details, either come to St Petroc’s Rectory, Priory Road, Bodmin on any Thursday between 6.00 pm and 7.00 pm or telephone 0120873867 or email: bodmin.teamministry@gmail.com  to make an appointment to see the Team Rector, The Revd Canon Graham Minors.

 

Funerals

A funeral marks the close of a human life on earth. It is the opportunity for friends and family to express their grief, to give thanks for the life which has now completed its journey in this world and to commend the person into God's keeping.

The funeral service can be very short and quiet with only a few members of the family present or an occasion of great solemnity with music, hymns and a packed church.
 It can very appropriately be set into the context of a Communion Service.
Whatever the pattern of service, the words and actions all speak of a loving God and the preciousness to Him of every human being.

If you are deciding whether to hold the service in church or the crematorium we would like to say that Saint Petroc’s Church is available for all.  Additionally it is wise to think about the numbers that may wish to be present. If your loved one has been well known or is young, large numbers may wish to attend.  In these circumstances St Petroc’s Church, because of its size, is very suitable accommodating large numbers comfortably.

The funeral service will reflect the personality of the one who has died.
Sometimes, a sense of tragedy is uppermost, especially when it is a young person who has died. When it is the end of a long and fruitful life, the feelings of thanksgiving can be strongest.
There are times when the death of a faithful Christian seems to be the consummation of all they have lived for and the funeral service is a triumphal departure for their true home. As for Christian in The Pilgrim's Progress, 'all the trumpets sound for them on the other side'.
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Saint Petroc’s regard the taking of funerals as very important.  We visit families, endeavour to bring comfort, and work with them to arrange a service which is helpful and meaningful

The funeral director plays an important part in all these arrangements however the clergy are always available to help and guide you spiritually.

At St Petroc’s the churchyard is ‘closed’.  This means that if you wish to have a burial it takes place at Berry Tower Cemetery however ashes may, by arrangement, be buried in St Petroc’s churchyard. 

After the funeral some people who have lost someone close to them have often been so busy with practical details and arrangements between the death and the funeral that they do not experience the full sense of their loss until later.
Grieving is a natural and important part of coming to terms with and healing this loss and it may continue for several months. If the clergy are asked, they will try to help and at St Petroc’s we have a group of Local Pastoral Ministers who will visit you upon request. One often finds it is those who have suffered a close bereavement themselves, clergy or lay people, who can most easily offer comfort and support to those who mourn.
Comfort is also to be found in the promises of Jesus Christ, in the hope of the Resurrection and in the belief that the beloved person is safe in the hands of God.