For centuries, people have turned to the Church to help them mark significant times in their lives, particularly the birth of a child, the marriage of a couple, and the death of a loved one. We can't always explain why we want to call on the Church at these times, but, at the very least, something instinctive prompts us to do so. Even if you are not a regular worshipper, we want to encourage you to approach your local church to ask how they can help you to mark such times.
Arranging Baptisms, Weddings and Funerals.
If you contact us about baptisms, weddings and funerals, you can be assured of a friendly and helpful response. If we can not fulfil your request ourselves, we will try to point you in the direction of another church which might be able to help you.
If you live within the parish boundary of St. Helen's, Witton , then it is usually a straightforward process to arrange a baptism, wedding or funeral in this church.
If you do not live within the parish boundary but have a connection with this parish or this church, then please do still contact us to talk about the possibilities.
We are delighted that you are inquiring about Baptism (which some people call ‘Christening’). Whether your enquiry is for you or your child/ren we offer you a warm welcome, and we hope you will feel at home here at St Helen’s Church.
Baptism marks the beginning of a journey with God in the Christian faith which we hope will last through the whole of life. We want to support and encourage you, and your children, as we grow together in faith.
We understand Baptism to be an important part of being a Christian and of our relationship with God. God loves every human being, and that includes you and your child/ren, but to be baptised means that, from now on, you want this relationship with God to be a two-way relationship. As the Baptism service reminds us, people who are baptised want to respond to God’s love by trying to live the best kind of lives for themselves, for other people and for our world, and following Jesus is at the heart of all that.
If you want to discuss Baptism with the team, you will need to attend at least two of our monthly family services, and make yourself known to the welcoming team. We will then take your details and make arrangements for you to attend our next Baptism preparation meeting, which normally takes about an hour, and then we can look at dates.