Rites of Passage or Life Events
Life events or rites of passage are major events or milestones - significant important acts or events we come to at key point in our lives. We may mark these with a party, a ceremony, or a particular service in church. Baptisms, confirmations, marriages and funerals are such events and all can be celebrated at St James's Church - follow the links on the left.
We all travel through life but we do not travel alone. We walk our way through life with other human beings and of course, God is with us every step of the way. We can travel through life as members of the Church.
‘Passage’ suggests movement and journey and a ‘rite’ is a ritual or ceremony that helps us to make that movement and go on that journey. They mark the passage from one stage of life to another. There are many passages in our lives if we choose to mark and celebrate them - celebrating the birth of a child, deciding to be a Christian for ourselves, getting married and even dying are all rites of passage.