The difficulties that some interchurch families face are often centred on key events in their spiritual lives, or those of their children. This section contains a range of easy-to-read information for the initial enquirer – often in the form of ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ – about those key events. Find out about the churches’ latest positions and read the stories of how other members have coped with these issues.
Thinking about the Baptism of your child and you and your partner belong to different churches – perhaps one Roman Catholic, and the other from another Christian tradition?
Whilst interchurch couples have achieved spiritual unity through sharing the sacraments of Baptism and Marriage, for many of them the inability to share communion together regularly feels divisive and does nothing to foster Christian harmony within their home. This unfulfilled desire is one of the issues that most concerns many interchurch couples.
Many young people grapple with the idea of Confirmation – and it can bring particular issues for children of interchurch parents who may feel uneasy about being seen to make a commitment to the church of one or the of other of their parents. How, for example, will the other parent feel?
Attitudes towards marriage between Christians of different churches have changed enormously over the years. Such marriages are now seen not only as presenting challenges, but as offering opportunities for closer understanding between the churches.
Decisions about funerals have to be made when we are at our most vulnerable. We have just lost someone we greatly love and are likely to be in a state of great shock. It is of special importance for interchurch couples to discuss freely their own personal feelings about bereavement and funerals, so that when the day comes for arrangements to be made a plan can be acted upon which they have long ago agreed on jointly.