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Baptism and Wedding Policy

We are glad that you are interested in a Church Wedding or Baptism (sometimes called a christening for a child).  We believe that God has an important part to play in the great occasions of people’s lives.

We aim to always be available to those who live in Papanui as we serve the local community.

Whilst we try to determine how best to serve those from outside the parish who request baptisms and weddings, as our church facilities are in high demand we cannot always respond positively to every request that is made.

At the May 2017 Vestry meeting we confirmed the below Policy.

The Baptism and Marriage Policy for the Parish of St Paul’s Papanui.

The Vestry of the Anglican Parish of Papanui confirm the below statements as policy for the parish until further notice.  Please note: All requests for Baptism and Weddings are at the vicar’s discretion.


  • Baptisms should routinely take place at a main Sunday morning service. (The regular 10 am service is the preferred service as it is the most family & visitor friendly).
  • Those seeking Baptism for themselves should show a commitment to the Christian faith on an ongoing basis through regular church attendance.
  • Parents and Godparents seeking baptism for their child are also encouraged to show a commitment to the Christian faith.
  • Baptism preparation will seek to develop a relationship between new families and the church.
  • We encourage baptism of children from outside the parish to take place at their local church if possible.


  • We only provide Christian wedding services and do not allow secular services or civil partnership services at St Paul’s.
  • Those living outside the parish and not currently attending a church will be encouraged to worship regularly at their local Church.
  • Those living in Christchurch and not currently attending a church will be encouraged to worship with us for 3 months prior to the wedding.
  • We are happy for those who regularly attend another Christian church to have their service at St Paul’s. Confirmation from your current vicar/pastor that he/she is willing for your wedding to take place at St Paul’s would be appreciated.
  • All couples will be expected to attend a marriage preparation course provided either by ourselves or their local church.

Please note that for those seeking to be married who have been previously married the Minister of the parish is under a legal obligation to be satisfied that you can lawfully re-marry and therefore you will be asked to provide proof of dissolution of marriage.  You will also be expected to attend a Marriage preparation course.

If you would like further details on how to arrange a Baptism or a Wedding at St Paul’s please contact the church office: Ph. 03 352 9571.  We will be happy to send out our initial information letters or arrange for you to speak to the Vicar.