Baptisms & Thanksgivings, Weddings & Funerals
In the early days of the Church, new Christians were often baptised at Easter. After a course of instruction in the faith, they publicly entered into a new life. Nowadays in our two churches baptism services, or ‘christenings', take place throughout the year and are available both for infants and adults. Indeed, more and more adults who were not christened as infants are asking to be baptised and, when this happens, baptism is followed soon afterwards by confirmation.
There are some people today who have little or no experience of the Church but who wish to mark the birth of their child in some special way. For such people we offer a Thanksgiving Service in church. No commitment to bring up the child in the Christian Faith is implied, but prayers are offered for those who will bring the child up, and an invitation offered to come for baptism if and when the time seems right.
We will be delighted to help you arrange
a church service for your marriage. More than a quarter of all
marriages in England today take place before God in Church of
England churches. Christ Church and St Mark's Church offer a
choice of settings for a wedding. At this time of celebration
our church organists and Parish Choir are on hand to make the
occasion even more special. You can find out more about weddings
in the Church of England at