CLITHEROE UNITED REFORMED CHURCH


Your Life Events


There are events in life that you may wish to hold within the sanctity of a christian church, where, with the blessing of God, we can be at one with him and continue our journey of faith. Whether it's getting married to your soul-mate, the christening of your child or even celebrating the life of those who have sadly departed us on this earthly plain and are now with God.

We can provide the following services to you and work with you to accomodate your ideas or family wishes for the service required.

Weddings


Weddings are such a joyous occasion in life where everyone can get together to celebrate the loving union of two souls, blessed in the pressence of God and shared with our nearest and dearest.

If you are interested in holding your wedding at our church, do get in touch and perhaps take a look at some of the frequently asked questions below to help you start thinking things through.

We can discuss your prospective dates for availability and also understand your initial requirements for the wedding service.

Wedding Questions


How Many Guests can be sat in the church?

The church can hold up to a maximum of 200 guests on the main level, including the balcony area.

What legalities need to be completed to be married at our church?

You will need to make an appointment with your local Town Hall in order to give notice of your intent to marry. They will need at least 28 days notice to complete their requirements so it’s recommended to allow extra time if possible. They will raise a notice of the impending marriage which needs to be displayed in the Registry Office for a full 28 days. This is also known as Banns (meaning proclamation). Once the timeframe has been completed they will issue you a form which should be given to our Minister to complete formalities.

For further details on the legal requirements for getting married in Clitheroe:

Lancashire Gov UK - Your perfect day (pdf)

Can you accomodate requirements for an organise, perhaps Live Music, Quartet or Piano?

We have the flexibility to accomodate most music needs at our church. We have a wonderful organ and organist at the church, which can be used or perhaps some music pieces on CD can be used for the Wedding March or perhaps playing background music whilst waiting for everyone to take their place. We do also have the space for live music (for example harp or quartet) depending on your requirements.

Will there be a Registrar present and how many people sign the Register?

No a separate registrar isn't needed as we have approved persons to preside over the ceremony and reside over the completion of the wedding register and counter signature.

The Register is signed by the couple being married and two witnesses.

What are the minimum ages for marriage?

If you are under 18, you will need the consent of your parents / guardian to be able to marry. However, the law in the U.K. states that you need to be at least 16 to marry.

Do you do same sex marriages?

Yes, we are approved to conduct same sex marriages.

Are photographers and videographers granted access to cover the wedding?

We work with your photographer or videographer that is covering your special day and only ask they are just as considerate to our needs as we are with their needs, so the service can be a success and capture your special day.

How do we ensure the Florist has access to set up their arrangements on the day?

As part of the planning phase for your special day, we can provide you with a contact name from the church who you can give to your florist to set arrangements for example, making sure the Florist has access to the church to set up the arrangements using the church designated parking space to make it easier.

Are there any rehearsals and walk throughs?

Once all arrangements are finalised for your special day, we can, if you require it, hold a walk-through with everyone so they understand their parts on the big day. This is usually held in the immediate days prior to the big-day but is optional and subject to key personnel being availble.



Baptisms

Adult Baptisms

If you were not baptised as a child, you may be deciding now as an adult to make this commitment.

Baptisms mark the beginning of a journey with God, which continues for the rest of our lives.



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Christenings for Children

Christenings services are usually held as part of the Sunday main Service.

With the support of the church, you and the Godparents, your child begins their amazing journey of faith.




Funerals and Services of Rememberance

We would like to be of help in any way for those who are bereaved.

We can conduct a funeral service for you whether or not you or your family are regular worshippers. A church funeral can be followed by either burial or cremation and we can work with you plan the service in accordance to your family wishes.

Amidst the grief and loss we may feel, a funeral gives us the opportunity for giving thanks and to celebrate the life of the person who has died.

If you are in need of our help to plan a service do get in touch.


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Venue Hire

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We currently have four areas in our venue for hire for either a ‘one-off’ or a regular occurance, depending on availability.

These are the Church Hall (Multi Purpose Worship Area), Common Room, Lower Hall and the Rainbow Room.

Our church hall (multi purpose Worship Area) doesnt have the traditional pews anymore as we have opted to move to indivdual chairs. This has made the space more versatile and easier to configure. The hall is large, light and has a lovely ambience. There is a maximum number of 200 in the main hall, including he balcony.

Downstairs we have a large hall area and also our 'Rainbow Room' that can be hired. Maximum numbers for the downstairs hire is 120 people.

Please read our 'Room Hire Leaflet' for further details including room size and costs.

If you are interested in hiring an area within our venue for an event, group meeting or activity do contact us:

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