Wantage Parish


Whether you consider yourself to be a committed Christian, a spiritual searcher or just unsure about what you believe,

we are here to serve and accompany you at life's important moments. 


Christians believe that married love was created by God, and that it is a part of God’s plan for humanity, and so is sacred. We are told in the creation story that ‘a man leaves his father and his mother and clings to his wife, and they become one flesh’ (Genesis 2.24).


Once it was common for most marriages to take place in a church. Nowadays couples can choose to marry in a registry office or some other venue registered for marriages, like a hotel for instance. So if you decide to marry in a church you are making a statement about what you believe and hope for in your married life.


The Church teaches that marriage is a sacrament. This means that God is conveying his gifts to the couple. They are not coming together in their own strength alone. We use outward and visible signs (the vows and the rings) to convey the love and gifts of God that will be needed in a faithful and lifelong marriage.

To discuss the possibility of getting married in the Parish of Wantage please contact the Parish Administrator

Christenings (Baptisms)

All parents want to give their child the best start in life. They know they are laying foundations for the future, and naturally want what is good for them.


By having your baby baptised you are giving them the best possible gift: a beginning in the life of faith in Jesus Christ, and membership of God’s family, the Church.


Perhaps you have clear reasons why you want your baby to be baptised. Perhaps you just have a vague sense of it being ‘the right thing to do’. Having your baby baptised requires you to make promises on his or her behalf. It is something that requires thought and commitment.

Baptism is a sign of God’s love for us. It is a ceremony where water is poured on the child’s head, in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

To book a baptism please contact our Parish Administrator


We are here to support you at one of life's most difficult times: the death of someone you love.

A Church of England funeral is available for all; we conduct the funerals of those who lived in the parish or had a connection to the parish. Funerals can take place either in church or at a local cemetery or crematorium.

Funerals conducted by us provide the opportunity to:

  • pray for your loved one 
  • commend the deceased to God
  • provide an opportunity for reflection and thanksgiving 
  • mourn your loss

To arrange a funeral, please ask your funeral director to contact the Parish Administrator