Occasional Services


Marriage symbolAnyone who lives within the Parish boundary (see boundaries) has the right to be married in their Parish Church. Since October 2008, anyone who has a qualifying connection, but does not live in the Parish, may also apply.

If you are considering a church wedding, please contact the Parish Priest before making other arrangements. We would encourage you to come to worship with us at least three times before making your final decision about a church wedding. The 10.30am Service on a Sunday might be a good one to start with.

Cost of a Wedding

This will be in accordance with the fees set by the Archbishop's Council, which are revised each year. There will be an additional fee, set by the Parochial Church Council, to cover the cost the church, organist etc. These fees will be available at the time of booking.


Depending on the circumstances, Divorce, of either party, may not necessarily be a bar to a church wedding.

Blessings and Renewal of Marriage Vows

We rejoice with those who rejoice, and we welcome those who would wish to have their Civil Marriage Blessed in a Church ceremony.

It is a special joy to mark significant anniversaries in married life. Many couples renew their marriage vows at a ceremony in Church. If you would like to book such a ceremony, please contact us.

Cost of a Blessing or Renewal of Vows

There is not a set fee for a Blessing or Renewal of Vows. There will be a fee for the use of the Church etc. as for a wedding. These fees will be advised at the time of booking.


Baptism symbolThose wishing to seek Baptism for themselves or for their children, should, in the first instance, approach the Parish Priest.

All are welcome, whether, married, lone or single parents, to bring children to Baptism. You yourselves do not have to be Baptised but Godparents must be. You should also live within the parish boundary, check the map to see if you do. If you do not live in the parish but have some particular reason for wanting Baptism at Holy Cross, speak to Parish Priest. Baptism is a serious, life-long commitment, if you are at all concerned about making such a commitment on behalf of your child, you might like to consider a Thanksgiving and Blessing.Holy Cross font Whatever option you choose we are delighted you are considering a link with the church and you will be welcomed into your local Christian Community.

Baptisms are conducted on the 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month, normally at 12.30pm. We would encourage you to come to worship with us at least three times before making your final decision.

Application for Baptism (Please download the form, fill in and return to 330 Chichester Road, North Bersted PO21 5AU)

Cost of a Baptism

There is no charge for a Baptism but you will appreciate that your local church needs financial support if it is remain there for this and future generations. We rely entirely on the donations of worshippers to pay our way. It would be greatly appreciated if you could make an appropriate donation as a thanksgiving for the gift of your child and for the upkeep of the church. If you are a tax payer, please consider Gift Aiding your donation. Envelopes are available.

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