Baptism, weddings and funerals


Many people grow up in the Church because they have been baptised as babies and brought up in a Christian family. That is not always the case. Increasing numbers of older people - from teenagers to great grandparents - are making their own decision to follow Jesus as their Lord and Saviour. 

Maybe you would like your child / children to be baptised (sometimes called Christening). If so, great! If you want to raise your children in the Christian faith as a regular member of our church family and feel comfortable making the baptismal promises, then we would love to prepare you and your family for this big step.

Thanksgiving services
If in good conscience you don’t feel you can make the promises in the baptism service for your child, don’t worry. It may be possible to have a Thanksgiving Service instead.

Further questions...

If you would like to read some more about baptism please click here Baptism questions

Contact: Rev Simon Talbot
T: 01884 562570


A marriage service, wherever it is held, is a public declaration of love and commitment to your partner.

A marriage in church offers you the opportunity to make your declaration before God and offers you the opportunity to explore the Christian understanding of marriage.

For more information about who can legally get married in our church please click here Church of England marriage legislation, however if none of these criteria apply please contact Simon Talbot who will do all he can to help you as much as he can.

Please note we are able to marry anybody who has a qualifying connection with St Mary's Willand, St Mary's Uffculme, St Mary's Kentisbeare or All Saints' Blackborough in our church.

Contact: Rev Simon Talbot
T: 01884 562570


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 of the Church of England 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. 

At St Mary’s we have a team of people who are part of our funeral ministry and seek to support families in preparing and leading an appropriate service at this sad time. Do contact Rev Simon Talbot if you would like someone to visit to discuss any issues about death or bereavement.

Contact: Rev Simon Talbot
T: 01884 562570

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