Baptism and Weddings


Baptism marks the start of a journey of faith, which involves turning away from the darkness of self-centredness, turning towards Christ and becoming a member of the local and worldwide Christian family. 

 Baptism is a 'sacrament': a visible sign of God's love. In baptism, we are thanking God for his gift of life and publicly acknowledging his love. We are acknowledging that we all need to turn away from the darkness of evil and to make a new start with God. 

 In the Whittlewood Churches we welcome people of any age for baptism. 

Whittlewood Parishes can be contacted about Baptisms (and weddings and funerals). The date of the service is discussed so that it fits in with the family, the godparents and the schedule of services for the Church concerned. Then there is a time of preparation for the parents of a baby, at which those involved go over the service together and look at the promises that will be made on behalf of the child and some of the ways that these can be fulfilled as the family grow together. 

Each person to be baptised has already received a name, and at the Baptism service, is received into the Church’s family. 

 It is a very moving and wonderful experience when a person receives the gift of God’s Spirit at Baptism.


Today more than a quarter of all marriages in England take place before God in the traditional setting of a Church of England church. 

Congratulations! You're welcome to marry in church whatever your beliefs, whether or not you are baptised and whether or not you go to church. And, marrying in church has never been easier thanks to a change in the law which means you now have more churches to choose from. 

For such a special day, we offer a special place. All you need to help you plan a personal, meaningful, spiritual and beautiful church wedding can be found on the new Church of England web site: 

Please contact us as soon as you start making plans and wish to get married in church. There will be time to discuss the service, choose hymns and readings to make the service personal and very special. Then there will be an opportunity to talk about making the most of your future together. 

We hope that each wedding day is a wonderful and happy day for all who are there.
Please contact us as soon as you can to plan your special day.