Celebrating Life Events at St Philips 

Baptisms, weddings and funerals bring the Church of England into close contact with around half a million people every year. As part of the church of England, St Philips West Howe is here for you at every stage of life.

Baptism / Christening

It’s exciting that you’re thinking of baptism for yourself or your child.  At baptism (or Christening as its sometimes called) you promise to raise your child to know God loves them, and to help them to follow Jesus as a member of the Church, for those who are able to make their own decision, your baptism is the start of a wonderful journey to and with God, made in front of friends and family. 

For more information regarding your baptism please look at the Church of England website for details regarding the service, God Parents information and more.


Confirmation is a special church service in which a person confirms the promises that were made when they were baptized. If you were baptized at a christening when you were a child, your parents and godparents made these promises on your behalf. As a young person or adult, you may be ready to affirm these promises for yourself and commit your life to following Jesus Christ. At a confirmation service, you make these promises for yourself. Your friends and family as well as the local Christian community will be there to promise to support and pray for you. The local bishop will lay their hands on your head and ask God’s Holy Spirit to give you the strength and commitment to live God’s way for the rest of your life.

For more information regarding your Confirmation please look at the Church of England website for details regarding the service and frequently asked questions.



Congratulations on your engagement! An exciting and happy time lies ahead and at St Philips West Howe, we look forward to joining you to ensure your day is one to remember.

As you start thinking about your big day it’s easy to start feeling a little overwhelmed with all the formalities and planning, so please look at the Church of England Wedding Site for details regarding the service and frequently asked questions. You can then contact our vicar who will arrange to meet with you to discus things further.



A funeral is used to mark the end of a person’s life here on earth. Family and friends come together to express grief, give thanks for the life lived and commend the person into God’s keeping. These can be a small, quiet ceremony or a large occasion in a packed church.

If someone you know and love has died, a funeral led by Our Vicar, can be held in the church, by a graveside, or at a crematorium. The Vicar will be there to support you every step of the way.

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