Topic 5 Faith in the community 3.4.2

This part of the syllabus deals with rites of passage in Christianity.


Baptism - Infant and Adult A good introduction.

Christian Baptism What happens at a Christian baptism?


Confirmation contains all the essentials found in a Roman Catholic and Anglican service. Useful site from the BBC.

Baptism and Confirmation Good information about Confirmation from the Church of England website.

Background to Confirmation Article by Eileen McLean on the origins and development of Confirmation from the Online Magazine of St Peter's Church Nottingham.

Confirmation A long article from the Church of England about confirmation. It is worth reading but is a bit long.


Marriage Service This is an all singing all dancing page about church weddings in the Church of England. It is full and comprehensive but you may wind up wondering what to look up next.

More wedding guidance This is the Church of England web page and it refers to the new marriage service as found in the book of Common Worship.

Wedding service This website also from the Church of England looks closely at the wedding service itself.

BBC revision weddings This seems quite good.

Getting married? A site managed by the Citizens Advice Bureau. How to get married. Who you can and cannot marry. Marriage and the law etc. Very informative and answers all those legal questions teachers are not sure about.

Funerals and Death

Funeral Service This uses the new rite found in the Book of Common Worship.

What happens at a funeral A very straightforward and factual account of a funeral service. This site is really good for revision.

Funeral procedure This site comes from a funeral director. It is not particularly religious but it gives you a run down of what happens at the different stages of the proceedings

Life after death Christian beliefs about life after death.

Death and beyond More Christian beliefs about life after death.

Role of Family Life

Issues on marriage The meaning of marriage to Christians.A useful selection of issues on marriage prepared by Re Quest.

Relate Relate offers advice, relationship counselling. A most useful site on all aspects of marriage and divorce.

Marriage care This organisation used to be called Catholic Marriage Advisory Council (CMAC) The site has a number of good links. There is also good information about who they are and what they do.

A-Z index on parenting Issues which might confront and perplex a parent.

Mothers' Union In additon to the more obvious meetings, this organisation provides support services for women and their families.

Christian views of marriage A very thorough treatment of the subject from Wikipedia.

Christian Charities

Christian Aid This is a brilliant web site packed with information.

CAFOD The Catholic Agency for Overseas Development. This is a great site and show the work of the Roman Catholic Church in this field.

Let the Children Live This charity exists to improve living conditions for the street children of Colombia. It was started by Fr Peter Walters a priest from Walsingham in 1982.

Tearfund Tearfund is an international evangelical Christian relief organisation, which supports over 500 projects in 100 different countries.

The Childrens' Society The Children's Society is a leading national charity that makes childhood better for all children in the UK. It can be used as a Christian Charity because of its historical links.

Religious Communities

Society of St Francis The Society of Saint Francis is a religious order working in England, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales.

Taize Community The Taize Community is an ecumenical religious community in central France, which works with young people.

Carmelite Friars This is the official website of the Carmelite Friars of England, Scotland and Wales.

Corrymeela Community The Corrymeela Community is based in Belfast - a modern religious community with a difference.

Boarbank Hall Boarbank Hall is a religious house of Augustinian Canonesses. A well explained and interesting website.

Benedictine Communities This is the main page for Benedictine religious communities worldwide. It describes all aspects of their life.

Mirfield Visit the main page of the Community of the Resurrection at Mirfield.

Missionaries of Charity This website describes the work of the community and pays tribute to Mother Teresa.

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