Life Events

As the A1 Church, St Mary’s seeks to be there for people ‘on the journey’ – not only the physical journey up and down the A1, but on the journey of life, in all its ups and downs.

St Mary’s is the Parish Church in Buckden and is here for the whole village. Whether or not you are a regular member of the congregation, St Mary’s is here for you. You are welcome to contact us any time.

Life Events

Some of the stages of this journey are marked by special services including baptism, confirmation, Holy Communion, marriage, blessings, and funerals:


Baptism marks the beginning of a journey with God which continues for the rest of our lives, the first step in response to God’s love. If you are thinking about bringing your child for baptism (older baptism candidates – either older children or adults – are also very welcome, of course), please do contact  to arrange a date for the service and for preparation beforehand.  We will give you a copy of the booklet, ‘Making the most of your child’s baptism’ for you to work through as a family.


We are always pleased to prepare people for confirmation. If you feel that the time has come to make your permanent commitment to live the Christian life, please contact us. If you are not sure, but would like to know more about the Christian faith, or to deepen your faith, you may enjoy joining a ‘foundations’ group; again, please do contact  for more information.


If you are thinking about a church wedding at St Mary’s please click here to go straight to our  weddings page.

House Blessings

Moving into a new house is a big event in family life. Having your new house blessed can make it really feel like ‘home’. You may also want to have your house blessed to make it feel homely again after being renovated or updated, or perhaps after a burglary.

Home Communion

There is a monthly Holy Communion service at Hardwick Dene, and members of the Ministry Team also visit those who wish to receive communion at home and are not able to come to Church. If you are in this position, or if you know someone who is, please contact


The Clergy are always willing to conduct funerals for members of the congregation and for people who were living in the parish or are members of the congregation. The arrangements are usually made through one of the local Funeral Directors. Funerals may take place in the Church (followed by burial at the Cemetery or by cremation) or wholly at the Crematorium (which may be followed by the interment of ashes in the Churchyard or Cemetery). Sometimes families wish to have the committal at the crematorium first, followed by a service in church.  We will work with you to make sure that the funeral service is just what it needs to be; we also understand that families can be complex, and that it’s not always easy to know what decisions to make.

We are very happy to discuss funeral arrangements well in advance of the event, and we have a leaflet available which sets out the choices that need to be considered when planning a funeral. You can download it here: Funeral wishes blank form.

We are always available to pray with the sick and the dying, and ask families to remember the peace that this can bring. Please contact the churchwardens or a member of the ministry team if you or a member of your family would like to receive a visit from one of the clergy.

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