Christenings and Thanksgivings


At St. Mary’s and St. John’s, we look forward to sharing your joy with you as you celebrate the birth of your Child.  A Christening Service or a Service of Thanksgiving for the birth of your child can be a great start to your child’s life and help you as you begin the amazing journey of bringing up your Child in this challenging world, by putting God at the centre of your hope for your child and your family ‘s life.



For parents who do not wish to make the Baptism promises but still want to come to Church to thank God for the gift of their child, a Service of Thanksgiving is available. The steps to follow are the same as for Christening; please follow steps 1 and 2 below for Christenings. Thanksgiving services will be discussed as part of the preparation evenings.



At your child’s Christening, they will be baptised and the preparation for this has been improved from August 2016.  We ask families to attend Church a couple of times before attending two evening sessions for Baptism preparation, following which a date for baptism can be booked.  Please see the step by step approach below.


The Church sees Baptism as a very important day in someone’s life, whatever age they are. Key aspects of someone’s Baptism include following Jesus and joining the Church family.  Therefore, we consider it helpful to ask people to come to at least a couple of services to see what the local expression of the Church is like that they are joining and also discuss matters of faith as well as the Baptism service.  It is also helpful for the Church to have an opportunity to hear how you find Church and its services and welcome.


Step 1

We invite your family to join us for 2 Sunday services at either St Mary’s or St John’s. See here for service details.


Step 2

We invite both parents (and also Godparents if possible) to come to 2 Baptism Preparation evenings ‘Baptism Matters’.


NB The November and December courses will be on the first and second Thursday of each month. 8.00 pm at the Vicarage. See the calendar for more details. 


As of January 2017 the course will be the 1st & 2nd TUESDAY of each month. 8pm at St Mary’s Church.


We encourage both parents to come if it’s possible.


Each Baptism Matters course comprises two sessions and we will look at the importance of Baptism to families, to the Church and to God. The option of a Service of Thanksgiving will also be discussed.

Once you have been to Church at least twice, you are welcome to just turn up to these sessions.  No booking required.


Step 3

Book the date for your child’s baptism with Katrina Henderson at the Church office –


Dates for ‘Baptism Matters’ Evenings


3rd and 10th November 2016

1st and 8th December 2016

3rd and 10th January 2017

7th and 14th February 2017

7th and 14th March 2017

4th and 11th April  etc … etc …


These dates will very rarely change. But it is always advisable to check the calendar before you come to ensure there are no changes or contact the office.


Baptism Services

These are held as follows:

St. John’s Church

1st Sunday of the Month (1 family)

St. Mary’s Church

4th Sunday of the month

9.15am (up to 2 families) twice a quarter

11.00am (up to 2 families) once a quarter

3pm (up to 4 families)


Adult Baptism

For people who have not already been baptised, we offer the opportunity to be baptised as a believer.  If desired, this will be by total immersion.


These baptisms are great events in the life of the Church and the cause of much joy and celebration.


Most people who have a believer’s baptism will have done an Alpha course recently and be regular members of the Church.

You can find out all you need to know about choosing, planning and going to a christening on the Church of England Christening website including an excellent guide for Godparents.

Contact Jonny Blair for more information on 01932 917736 or email him