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Church of England Reaches Out to Those "Living in Sin"

Church of England Reaches Out to Those "Living in Sin"

Accepting that modern couples may be turned off by traditionally rigid morals, the Church of England is making an effort to welcome families who have had children out of wedlock.

Today, the Church unveiled a new "hatch and match" service that offers a two-for-one wedding and baptism ceremony. Now couples can get married and have their children baptized all in one day!

But not everyone is happy by the Church's effort to stay relevant. Some argue that it condones having children before marriage, while another member of the faith said: "It's a shame that what should be a bride's day now stands to be hijacked by screaming kids."

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The Church hopes the new offering will atone for the tradition of shunning unmarried mothers by welcoming them back into the Church without judgment. Now let's just see if the women (and their partners and children) will take the offer.

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xxstardust xxstardust 8 years
Lyngay, love the Eddie Izzard reference! :D
staple-salad staple-salad 8 years
I'd totally go to/have one of those if I were religious and had a baby. That sounds awesome. I love the name too. I think it's a really cute idea.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 8 years
:)
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
"COME CELEBRATE WITH US THE JOINING OF OUR LIVES ETERNAL, AND THE ASSURANCE OF OUR CHILDS ETERNAL LIFE"
Chouette4u Chouette4u 8 years
How do you word an invitation for a combination wedding and baptism??
Lyngay Lyngay 8 years
Hey, all you unwed parents! Get over here and un-bastardize your child right now! You're lucky we're the Church of England...
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