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Baptism involves declaring faith in God and being washed with water. It means being cleansed from sin, being united to Jesus Christ, receiving his Holy Spirit and becoming God’s children. Sometimes called ‘Christening’.

Holy Communion

At Holy Communion blessed bread and wine is shared, by which we receive the body and blood of Jesus Christ. The congregation gives thanks for Jesus’ life, his death and resurrection and his continuing presence. See also Eucharist.


Prayer sustains our human relationship with God and may involve words (formal or informal) or be silent. Prayer can involve adoration (‘I love you’), confession (‘sorry’), thanksgiving and supplication (‘please’).

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Life events

There are particular moments in all of our lives which will have a special significance for us: the celebration of a wedding; the christening of a child; or a funeral to mark and give thanks for a loved one’s life.

The Church in Wales would love to help and support you through these key times, or ‘Life Events’ as we call them. We have a wealth of experience guiding and supporting people through some of the happiest, and sometimes the most difficult, times in their lives.

Whether you’re celebrating something wonderful, or struggling with loss or disappointment, the Church in Wales would like to help. We’re here for you for every step of your life journey.

The following pages provide lots of useful information on weddings, christenings (also commonly known as ‘baptism’) and funerals, but please also be encouraged to get in touch with one of our churches who will be able to talk with you about ways in which we can help at this time.

For details about your local church and how to get in touch with your local vicar:

Find a church and contact a vicar