The Church of England will offer two in one wedding and baptism services, officials said Thursday, as research shows increasing numbers of couples in Britain are having children out of wedlock. Although the church does not sanction couples having children before marriage, officials said the new services were aimed at encouraging unmarried parents to eventually tie the knot. The service to be unveiled later Thursday allows couples to baptise their children after their wedding ceremony, and parents themselves can also get baptised at the same time. A church spokesman said clergy would continue to teach that sex is best confined to marriage, but also recognise that it was "not standing in judgment on their past." "The Church of England believes that the best place for sex is within marriage, and marriage is best for bringing up children. That hasn't changed," the spokesman said. "This is a response to the demand that's on us as the Church to meet people who come to us for this key event in their lives. "Not standing in judgment on their past, but welcoming them and pointing to a fresh future." Figures released earlier this year showed that around 44 percent of children are born to unmarried mothers in Britain. Some clergy criticised the new service, saying it trivialised the church's role in the community. "It is a pity they have not put in a funeral for grandma as well," the Bishop of Fulham in southwest London told The Times newspaper. "What are they playing at? It seems trendy, and it reveals a complete lack of awareness of the reality of what goes on in parishes. I do not understand why they want to do it," the Right Reverend John Broadhurst said.Source: AFPLIN << Shocking Increase in Cocaine Use among Young Brits: Survey FDA Panel for Black Box Warning on Paracetamol >> Recommended Reading Britain Is Moving In Favor Of Sustainable Long-Term Relationships A new study says that flings are no more the 'in-thing' as an overwhelming 95 percent of Britons want a long-term relationship. READ MORE Dream Wedding For US Homeless Couple A US homeless couple had a dream wedding thanks to charity from parishioners of a church in Virginia. READ MORE Living Together Before Marriage Can End Up In Divorce: Study Couples living together before marrying have a higher chance of getting divorced than those who wait until they were engaged or married, according to research out Tuesday in the Journal READ MORE Atheists In Britain Seek 'De-Baptism' More than 100,000 Britons have recently downloaded "certificates of de-baptism" from the Internet to renounce their Christian faith. READ MORE Divorce: Pros and Cons Divorce can be traumatic for children and create a sense of insecurity amongst them. Couples should realize that joined parenting is important even after divorce. READ MORE How to Save your marriage You can save your marriage - even when your partner insists on a divorce. READ MORE Is Life Better Staying Single or Getting Married? The stigma linked to staying single is gradually disappearing. More people opt to stay single and many even claim to be happier. But there are both advantages and disadvantages to staying single. READ MORE Most Popular on Medindia Iron Intake Calculator Blood Donation - Recipients Drug Side Effects Calculator More News on: How to Save your marriageDivorce: Pros and ConsIs Life Better Staying Single or Getting Married?