Baptisms, First Communion and Confirmation

You can ask our clergy about arrangements for Baptism, admission to Holy Communion or Confirmation. Some planning is always needed. These are important steps in the life of a Christian, and classes or discussions about the significance of the step being taken are held to prepare for it.

Please contact Father Mark Carlyon if you're interested. Phone 07 4639 1858 |  Email Mark

Baptism

Baptism is the sacrament that signifies the cleansing that Jesus' death makes possible, and the new life that God gives us by the Holy Spirit. The Anglican Church baptises children and adults.

CHILDREN

The baptism of children usually takes place within our regular Sunday worshipping communities at either 7.30 or 10am. However, special smaller baptismal services may also be held at 12 noon, on 2nd and 4th Sundays of each month.

THANKSGIVING SERVICE

A service of Thanksgiving for a Child is also available to celebrate the birth of a child (without a baptism). 

ADULTS AND TEENS   

Teen or adult baptisms also take place within our regular Sunday worshipping communities at either 7.30 or 10am, or at a special baptismal service at 12 noon, on 2nd and 4th Sundays of each month. 

However, candidates for baptism aged 15 or above are usually confirmed at the same time, so adult baptisms are often organised around a Confirmation Service.

  The Baptistery features a magnificent alabaster and malachite baptismal font dating from around 1890.

The Baptistery features a magnificent alabaster and malachite baptismal font dating from around 1890.

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Admission to Holy Communion
(First Communion)

Baptised Christians aged 8 or above
may be admitted to the sacrament of Holy Communion.

This is recognised through a special service for admission to Holy Communion, taking place within our regular Sunday worshipping communities at either 7.30 or 10am. 

  

Confirmation

Baptised Christians aged 15 or above may be confirmed. This is where Christians confirm the promises that were made for them at baptism. 

It is also a way that Christians who come from another tradition might become members of the Anglican Church.

Confirmation is always conducted by a bishop, and so (depending on the bishop's availability) we usually hold only one Confirmation Service each year.

Weddings

We believe that marriage is the symbol of God's enduring love for his people, and of Christ's love for his church. The Anglican wedding service is beautifully worded, and a wedding at St James' will be one that will shows deep respect for God and for the couple being married.

PLANNING AHEAD

Planning is always needed for weddings, and it's needed many months ahead of the ceremony.  There will be meetings with the celebrant, marriage preparation classes, and discussions about the service and how it can be adapted to your needs. 

Please contact Father Mark Carlyon if you want to start planning a wedding. 
Phone 07 4639 1858 |  
Email Mark

About our church

St James' Church is a beautiful place for a wedding. The church is quietly ornate, spacious and peaceful. There is plenty of room and comfortable padded seating for guests. 

Friends with babies and young children can watch the wedding while still caring for their kids in the children's nook at the back, if they wish. There are facilities for food and drink after the service, with catering also available by negotiation.

We are close to many of Toowoomba's best parks and gardens, and our church grounds also look great in your photos. 

 Please  contact us  if you wish to have a look.

Please contact us if you wish to have a look.

Our clergy will usually conduct weddings either at St James, Toowoomba or St Anne's, Highfields. 

It may also be possible to arrange for other Anglican clergy to celebrate if you wish. 

Or, with permission, wedding services may be conducted at St James' by a minister of another Christian church.

WEDDINGS BY OUR CLERGY

It may be that you wish to get married outside a church, but to have our clergy officiate.  Ask our clergy if this is possible.

Funerals

St James' Church is a beautiful place for a final farewell to a loved one. 

We appreciate that there is usually only a short period for organising a funeral, and that it is a difficult time for all concerned. Our clergy are very experienced in caring for those who are grieving, and in arranging funerals. 

Please contact Father Mark Carlyon if you need to make any funeral arrangements.  Phone 07 4639 1858 |  Email Mark

Working with others

Our clergy will work in conjunction with your chosen Funeral Directors to make the funeral arrangements. 

We will begin planning the funeral with the traditional Anglican service, but it will be important for you to discuss how that can be adapted, to include meaningful prayers, songs, readings and speeches that will help to remember your loved one in a respectful way.

A graveside service or a cremation may also be arranged.

Our clergy will usually conduct funerals either at St James, Toowoomba or St Anne's, Highfields. 

It may also be possible to arrange for other Anglican clergy to celebrate if you wish. 

Or, with permission, services may be conducted inclusively at St James', with a minister of another Christian church.

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Facilities

St James' Church is quietly ornate, spacious and peaceful. There is plenty of room and comfortable padded seating. 

Friends with babies and young children can watch the service while still caring for their kids in the children's nook at the back, if they wish. 

After the service, there are facilities available outside or in the Parish Centre for serving refreshments.

Catering

We are also able to offer excellent funeral catering in the Parish Centre, by negotiation. Our clergy can provide you with the catering contact details.