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Can a non-UK resident witness a CofE marriage?
Yes they can. However if their first language is not English then there is a need to ensure they understand enough of the service to know what being a witness means and understand what they are signing for in the register.
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Do first, middle and/or surnames need to be used in the vows and declarations?
The Christian names, or at least the first Christian name of the bride and the groom should be used.
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Are middle names required for the reading of the banns?
The requirement for the reading of the banns of marriage is that the names clearly identify the couple to be married, ie, the names by which they are usually known. Christian and surnames should therefore be all that is required for banns, and middle names may, but need not be included.
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Do parents have to be baptized?
There is no requirement for the parents to be baptized. But they should feel able to support the child in their faith journey, and this may eventually lead to conversations about their own baptism.
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Does a Church of England funeral have to have a commendation?
If the Common Worship funeral service is used, the service must include a prayer of entrusting or commending the departed to God's mercy: the commendation is not an optional part of the service. The Series One burial service provides the option of including words of commendation in the prayer of
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Can someone's home be the final resting place for ashes?
If a family chooses to keep the ashes of a loved one in their home for an indefinite period, there is nothing legally to prevent them from doing so. Pastorally, you may wish to encourage the family to think about a final resting place that enables the ashes to be buried.
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Can I conduct a Church of England funeral in a woodland burial site or other unconsecrated ground?
Yes it is possible to do so, but you must first bless the grave - See Common Worship Pastoral Services p.296.
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Do I make a charge for the baptism certificate?
No fees are payable for baptism itself or for entering the baptism in the register of baptisms. The fee prescribed in the table of parochial fees for a certificate issued at the time of baptism is payable only if a certified copy of the entry in the register is asked for and provided. No fee
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Can I refuse a marriage service to be filmed?
You have discretion on whether the filming of a service may take place. However, very careful consideration should be given before refusing to allow the filming of a marriage service if the couple have requested it.
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I have a bride who wants to have bridesmaids entering the church first, ahead of her entrance. Is this ok?
The custom of bridesmaids entering church first before the bride is popular at weddings in the US. The entrance and exit of the bridal party is purely a matter of custom, not law, so if a bride wishes to have bridesmaids entering the church first, that is fine.
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