Anglicans offer baptism-wedding combination for unwed parents
A two-for-one service
Aug 25, 2009
The Church of England, bidding to keep pace with the changing times, has begun promoting a “2-for-1” service that allows couples to combine a marriage ceremony with the baptism of their children born out of wedlock.
Guidelines for the controversial “hatch and match” liturgy went out to the church’s 16,000 parishes this summer.
The church’s move is seen as an attempt to deal with the growing trend of couples having children out of wedlock. In Britain, new government figures show that about 44 percent of children are born to unmarried mothers.
The Anglican Church said its own research had found that “one in five couples who come to church for a wedding already have children, together or from a previous relationship.”