You can be married in our church, with a ceremony tailored to your needs, whether you are divorced, of different faith backgrounds or none; a heterosexual or same sex couple.
For many people, a civil ceremony is too brief and impersonal, yet they also feel uncomfortable with a traditional church wedding service. They may not be churchgoers, or even ‘religious’ in the conventional sense, but they still feel a reverence for the vows made, and a wish to express their faith in life, in one another and in their future together.
How we can help?
Horsham Unitarians have Ministers or lay persons authorised by the Registrar to formalise weddings at the Church. Within the legal requirements, the wording and Order of Service can be of your own choosing. We can help with the selection of prose, readings, prayers and poems for the ceremony. If you would like some musical content, we can arrange for an organist or pianist to play for you.
You must visit the Registrar in the District where you live between 12 months and 21 days before your wedding, as you cannot marry without the appropriate certificate. If you live in different areas this may mean visiting different Registrars. The two official witnesses to a wedding must be aged 16 or over. The person conducting your wedding at our Church must be a representative of the Unitarian Church, either a Minister or an authorised lay person.
Child Naming and Blessing
A time of celebration and joy
Unitarians have different names for the ceremony to celebrate a new life – Baptism, Naming or Blessing. Whatever you choose to call it, the ceremony is a service to welcome the child and celebrate the continuing miracle and wonder of life. It provides an opportunity for parents and/or godparents to affirm their commitment to nurture the spiritual development of the child.
The form of the ceremony will depend on discussion between the child’s parents and the celebrant. We aim for a ceremony which includes symbols (flowers, water, candlelight), readings, prayers and readings that are meaningful to those taking part. If you would like some musical content, we have facilities for recorded music, or we can arrange for an organist or pianist to play for you.
How We Can Help
If you are interested in finding out how we can help with your ceremony, please contact:
Horsham Unitarian Church
Worthing Road, Horsham, West Sussex, RH12 1SL
Telephone: 01403 256788
You will be asked a few basic details including the date on which you would like to hold the ceremony. If the church is available on that day, a provisional booking can be made, together with an appointment for an informal discussion with the celebrant.
Viewing The Church
You can make an appointment with the Lettings Officer
(Tel: 01403 218670) to look round the church, the hall, and surrounding gardens.
If you are considering a ceremony at our church, we warmly invite you to attend a Sunday Service. We gather every Sunday at 10.30am; services last approximately an hour, followed by coffee, tea and biscuits in the hall.
Please click here for further information: Child Blessings Leaflet Dec 2019
Funerals and Memorial Services
We offer funeral and memorial services that accord with the wishes of the deceased and family. The ceremony celebrates the life of the deceased in a form determined in consultation with the Minister.