Life Celebrations

There is something special about marking the key moments of life in church. There is the spectacle of a large and historic building with its array of beautiful features. But there is also the sense of continuity that connects us with those who have gone before. We are part of long story of family and community life, and there will be generations to come.

Many folk come to St. Petroc’s without great confidence in Christian faith and are welcome to make good use of their parish church. We are all pilgrims on the journey of life. The Christian tradition still conveys its mysterious and wise ways whether we can recognise God or not. Come and see whether this church might be your choice to celebrate a marriage, baptism or funeral.

COVID-19 Arrangements 

From July 6th we are able to hosts funerals at the church, including clergy, verger and organist, with social distancing and hygiene measures in place.

If you are unable to attend a funeral however, please see ways you might like to show your respect, given in the funeral section below. 

The government is allowing weddings and baptisms to take place in church, but we still have work to do before we are ready for them. Feel free to contact us however about future weddings and baptisms.


Wherever you go in the years ahead, St. Petroc’s church will always be there for you with friendship and prayer.  Unique and special things become part of your marriage on the day itself and beyond:

A church wedding will add a spiritual dimension to your marriage. The ceremony includes God and looks to him for help and guidance.
You can make amazing vows in a church. These vows, made in public and before God, will help you to grow together.

The Vicar can blend ancient tradition and modern experience to reflect your story. Your wedding can be made personal, memorable, meaningful and beautiful.
Churches can be described as ‘peaceful’, ‘serene’, or having an atmosphere that makes marrying there a particularly special experience.


Ann explains the stories behind 

baptismal fonts in under

3 minutes.



Your child is precious to you and precious to God. You want the very best for them, and so does God. You want them to make right choices in life, for themselves and for others. A baptism is just the beginning of this and so much more. Over the years to come, it’s a journey you’ll share together with your child by:

  • Being there for your child to discuss the bigger questions of life in hope, faith and love.

  • Praying for your child through their ups and downs.

  • Showing them practically how to make good choices in life.

  • Helping them to learn more about their Christian faith.

Call Revd Elaine Munday on 01208 77945.

Revd Elaine explains the symbols of baptism

in under 

3 minutes.


Revd Paul Holley 

shares the Christian view on eternal life,

in a short reflection.

The message at all funerals at St. Petroc’s is one of hope. Although there is sadness because someone you know and love has died, there will also be a message of hope in life after death. Each person is unique – in personality and in life experience. A funeral at St. Petroc’s allows you to give thanks for the unique person you knew and loved in a way that brings comfort and hope.

Your funeral director will make all the arrangements. Please be assured of our care and commitment to provide a funeral that suits your particular needs.

From July 6th, we are able to host funerals. A priest is there to offer support, comfort and prayers.

A funeral in the Church of England is for everyone and not only for those who have faith or have attended Church.

Call Revd Paul Holley on 07470 192378.


When you are unable to attend a funeral

You might like to show your respect, celebrate the life and mourn the loss of your loved one by:

Lighting a candle

Saying a prayer


Dear God,

Thank you for [name],

for all that they meant to me and to others.

I so wanted to say goodbye, to be alongside by friends and family.

Help me to know you are there, 

Holding all my hopes,

Holding all those I love, especially [name],

And holding me this day.

Be close with your peace and hope.


Letting the family know that you have done this can be a support and comfort to them.

For more information