Weddings and Baptisms

The Church of England is here for you on all the happy occasions of your life, especially Weddings & the Birth of a Child. Below is the information you need to be married or to have your child baptised.

Weddings

We are always delighted at requests for a wedding or a blessing of a marriage (divorce need not be a barrier).

Here is a video of a wedding at St Mary's, with thanks to Grace and Jacob for allowing us to share it.

Please click here to send in a request to Jean Garrard (our Parish Administrator)

 

Baptisms/Christenings

We rejoice in baptising new members of God's family (also known as Christening). This happens at our main Sunday morning service so that the whole church family can welcome the newest member of the church.

There is no upper or lower age limit for baptisms, all are welcome in God's church.

Click here for more information about Church of England Baptisms

Please click here to send in a request to Jean Garrard (our Parish Administrator) 


If you have any questions please get in touch on 01305 259083

 

Notes for Parents and Godparents:

Please use these notes whilst approaching those you wish to act as Godparents these can also be found on the Church Website under Confirmation and Baptism:

1. As a parent or godparent you should ask yourself:

  • Are you prepared to the best of your ability to give the child a Christian upbringing within the family of Christ’s Church?
  • Will you help the child to be regular in public worship and in prayer, not only by your teaching but also by your example and your prayers?
  • Will you encourage the child in due time to come to Confirmation and Communion?

It is not essential under Church law for parents to be baptised and confirmed unless they are also to be godparents.

 

2. It is usual to have three godparents, two of the same sex as the child and one of the opposite sex, but to have one godfather and one godmother is sufficient if there are problems finding three godparents.

  • Parents may be godparents to their own children, provided that the child has at least one other godparent.
  • Sponsors in addition to godparents are permitted.
  • Church law requires that godparents should be baptised and confirmed, but the requirements of confirmation can be relaxed in certain cases.

3. If the candidate is not a child, sponsors, who like godparents should normally be baptised and confirmed, may take the place of godparents.

4. A child should normally be baptised at his or her parish church or the church the parents normally attend. 

5. The usual times for baptism are on the second Sunday of the month, during our 9.30 am Service.