Baptism (also known as Christening: "being made like Christ"), is the initiation rite of the Church.
It is a ‘once for all’ event in a person’s life, where the Church welcomes a person into the universal family of God: the Christian church. Most denominations recognize a person’s baptism as a sign of their membership of the Christian faith, regardless of where, or in which tradition it occurred.
In Baptism, God (through the Holy Spirit) makes a person a new creation. In spiritual terms, he or she is “born again” into the resurrected life of Christ, and the promises of God are visibly signed and sealed for them in their life.
Baptism most commonly occurs within the context of a regular Sunday service, when God’s family is gathered to join in your celebration. If, for any reason this is not possible, or desired, a separate Baptism service can be organized by the Parish Priest.
Weddings in the Parish must be celebrated by the Parish Priest, or another approved Anglican minister. The churches may only be used for services authorised by the Anglican Church of Australia and cannot be 'hired out' to other denominations or civil celebrants.
Weddings may be held on any day of the week (subject to the availability of the clergy), with Saturday traditionally being the most popular day.
One of the Parish clergy will be involved in a process of planning and Marriage Preparation meetings with you before your Wedding. There are various important legal matters which must be undertaken before the big day, so please make sure that you contact the Parish Priest at least eight months in advance of your proposed date!
Marriage of Same-Gender couples: the Doctrine of the Anglican Church of Australia asserts that marriage is a life-long union between a man and a woman, to the exclusion of all others. While Beechworth parish will be delighted to pray for you, and to rejoice with you in affirming your same-gender relationship as a life-long commitment, we are presently unable to offer you a wedding in one of our churches.
Whether you are wanting to get Married, have your child (or yourself) Baptised,
or are requiring information to help plan a Funeral, we will be able to provide you
with both assistance and experienced advice.
Please contact the Parish Priest for advice on how to organize a service,
or just to ask a question about Marriage, Baptism, or Funerals, the Church, or God,
on 03 5728 2762.
Funerals in the parish follow the rites proscribed by the Anglican Church of Australia, and are usually celebrated by the Parish Priest, or another authorised Anglican minister (subject to the Parish Priest's approval).
If you wish to inquire about preparing instructions for your own future funeral, or to discuss arrangements for someone who has recently died, please contact the Parish Priest, or ask your Funeral Director to contact the Parish on your behalf.