The Church of England unveils a two-in-one wedding and baptism liturgy today as it seeks to make peace with families “living in sin”.
The “hatch-and-match” service allows couples to baptise their children after the wedding ceremony. Parents can even get baptised themselves.
The aim is to encourage cohabiting parents to marry as the Church tries to become more relevant to the way people live their lives, but critics said that it appeared to sanction having children out of wedlock. One bishop described the idea as “nutty”. The liturgy, costing £272, is being sent out to dioceses and parish clergy today. The Times Today.
Bloggers Comment: Never, not once are we instructed by God to change his word to fit sin. Quite the opposite is true. We are taught that we must conform to his will, not ours. The Bible teaches that if we repent and put our faith in Jesus, his blood will wash away our sins. Past, present and future. This once again shows that the C of E is about serving man rather than upholding the word of God.
Alex Carlyle wrote:
I think most people commenting on this story are missing the picture. It's not about faith, or love or even religion.It's about getting more cash in!
Think about it, the church charges say £150 per wedding (plus extra for anciliaries) and £100 for christenings. Some people will be put off as they have an "illigitimate" child, some people will be put off because they aren't Christians themselves.
So the Church brings this in. They can now increase revenues through greater numbers of weddings, and also why not throw in a christening! There'll be some synergies there - an even greater cash saving/money making idea!!!!!
Please, we may not believe in your god, but that doesn't make us ignorant...
Yvonne Rautenbach wrote:
'buy one get one free', 'buy one get one half price' or for some maybe even 'buy two and get one free' ! Will the church start giving points on a bonus card?
Tony wilson wrote:
With Church funds so depleted, this rationalisation is a great idea. Why not have a divorce lawyer on hand too so the normal life cycle can be completed in one fell swoop. Adding a funeral service at this stage might be a bit premature, although...?