Weddings and Baptisms
Heslington Church offers an attractive venue for your church wedding. It's a flexible building in a pretty location, situated within the ring road of historic York, providing easy access and on-site parking.
As an ecumenical partnership Heslington Church offers wedding services in two different church traditions: Anglican (Church of England) or Methodist. These services are very similar, but for a Methodist service you need to obtain a Registrar's Certificate, whereas for an Anglican service you don't. However, for an Anglican service you need to have a 'connection' with Heslington Church, whereas for a Methodist service you don't.
You can have an Anglican service if either of you has one of the following six connections:
One of you:
- was baptised in the parish concerned 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
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 regularly gone to normal church services in the parish church for a period of at least 6 months or
One of your parents or grandparents:
- was married in the parish
Does none of the above apply to either of you? Don't despair! It only means that one of you will have to 'regularly go to normal church services in the parish church for a period of at least 6 months'. In practice that means that one of you will have to visit a service, at least once a month, over a period of six month before your wedding date. If that is a problem, why not choose a Methodist service instead?
The wedding fees vary from 400 to over 750 pounds, depending on the options you choose (organist, bells, flowers, etc). A typical service will cost you in the region of 675 pounds. You can find more info in the Wedding Booking Form which can be requested from the Vicar.
If you have been married before, special permission is required. This means that you will have to have a conversation with the minister.
If you are not a British national, and if you do not live in the European Economic Area, you may still be able to get married, but it will require significantly more paperwork.
Have a look at this very useful website: https://www.yourchurchwedding.org
Christenings / Baptisms
We believe all children are a gift from God, and really want to celebrate the birth of your child with you.
We are happy to offer a 'Christening' to
- Those who live in Heslington parish
- Those who worship regularly in the church
- Those whose (grand)parents worship regularly in the church
- Those who got married at Heslington Church
- Those who have other family connection with Heslington Church
When you request a Christening you will be contacted by one of our Baptism Visitors, who will arrange to meet you at home or in church to have a chat and answer any of your questions. Before the day of the Baptism you will be invited to come to a special Sunday service in which we will invite you to the front and introduce you and your child(ren) to the congregation. We use a special set of prayers for this occasion: Thanksgiving for the Gift of a Child. The actual Baptism will take place as part of a regular Sunday service at 10am, usually on the 1st or 3rd Sunday of the month.
Have a look at this very useful website: www.churchofenglandchristenings.org