Baptism (also known as christening)
We are delighted that you are thinking of baptism for your child. Your child is precious to you and precious to God. At baptism you promise to raise your child to know that God loves them, and to help them to follow Jesus as a member of the Church.
What is baptism?In baptism, you as parents are:
- thanking God for his gift of life
- making a decision to start your child on a journey of faith
- asking for the Church's support
For your child, baptism marks the start of a journey of faith, which involves turning away from all that is evil, turning towards Christ and becoming a member of the local and worldwide Christian family. In baptism, we thank God for his gift of life and publicly acknowledge his love.
What do you do next?
Baptisms at St. Peter’s take place once a month during our regular 10.00 a.m. service. If you would like to know more, we encourage you to join us one Sunday. We are delighted to welcome your children too. After the service introduce yourself to our Rector, Rev Rachel Hawkins, who will talk with you about the next step.
Baptism of adults
Increasingly, those who were not baptized as children are considering being baptized as adults. If you want to explore this, please talk to our Rector.
Today more than a quarter of all marriages in England take place before God in the traditional setting of a Church of England church. You're welcome to marry in church whatever your beliefs, whether or not you are baptized, and whether or not you go to church.
If you are planning to marry and would like to know more weddings at St. Peter’s, please contact our Rector.
The Church of England also provides a form of service for those who have been married at a civil ceremony and wish to come to church as husband and wife to dedicate to God their life together and seek his blessing.
You are also welcome to come to St. Peter’s if you wish to give thanks for your marriage. Some people like to do this on a special anniversary. If you wish, this may include a simple act of renewing your vows.
"Marriage is a gift of God in creation through which husband and wife may know the grace of God. It is given that as man and woman grow together in love and trust, they shall be united with one another in heart, body and mind,as Christ is united with his bride, the Church." (From The Marriage Service)
Alternatively those interested can contact one of our churchwardens, Vivian Culwick on 01933 318025 or at or Jim Reynolds on 01933 359203 or at
The church is available for those who wish to use it for a funeral, please contact our Rector on 356398 who will be only too pleased to help you.