Baptism is a Sacrament (an outward sign conveying an inward grace), given to us by Jesus, by which those who are baptised become Christians, have their sins forgiven, and are renewed spiritually in the image of Christ. People may be baptised at any age, and it is always approached in faith. Adults are able to express their faith themselves; for babies and young children the parents and godparents express the Christian faith on their behalf, and promise to bring them up as Christians.
For anyone, 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.
If you would like to talk about the baptism of your child or your own journey of faith, please contact Father Matthew, and also read the useful information on the Church of England Christening website.
Marriage or Holy Matrimony is for many one of life’s important occasions which will be remembered for the rest of your life.
The Marriage Service in the Church of England enables you to take your vows to one another in the name of God, and to ask God's blessing on your life together. This is for all of us a time for celebration and festivity but also for contemplation and reflection on commitment, faithfulness and your loyalty towards one another. We will do our best to contribute the best of what we offer on this important occasion.
Marriage in the Church of England is governed by Law and you will need to check the legal requirements before planning your wedding. The best place to start is http://www.yourchurchwedding.org. (In some cases dealing with legal formalities can take many months, so start planning early.)
If you have any questions or are thinking about getting married, please ring or email Father Matthew.