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 believe that every child brings new life and hope into the world. We offer the opportunity to set aside a special time for the community to bless the child and celebrate the blessing of this gift of life. The ceremony does not make the life of the child sacred; we believe that life is sacred inherently. When we dedicate a child we acknowledge the truth that each child’s life is sacred and hold that truth in the light of our faith. Child blessings, reflecting each individual family’s beliefs and wishes. Most ceremonies, however, include:
- The honouring of parents and family members, including godparents or special guides if you wish,
- A gift – perhaps of a rose to symbolize beauty or a book to symbolize learning,
- A blessing by the Minister
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.