We welcome enquiries for christening/baptism at St Nicholas, whether for an adult or infant or anything in between! Those living in the parish have an automatic right to baptism at St Nicholas subject to preparation as appropriate. This will usually take place on a Sunday and within the main Sunday service. Requests from those who live outside the parish will be considered if there is a connection with Islip but generally we would ask you as a matter of courtesy to inform your local minister or church office.
The Church of England believes that christening/baptism marks the beginning of a journey with God who made himself known in Jesus, which continues for the rest of our lives. It’s the first step in response to God’s love. For all involved, it is a joyful moment when we rejoice in what God has done for us in Christ.
The wider community of the local church and friends welcome the new Christian, promising support and prayer for the future.
A christening service requires serious promises to be made by the candidate – or parents and godparents. If these feel more than you are able in conscience to make, we would be equally happy to offer a thanksgiving service.
Thanksgiving for a Child
The Church of England also offers a service of Thanksgiving for a Child. This would usually be included within a main Sunday service but, if there is good reason, could be held at another time. It is shorter than a christening and does not involve godparents but includes prayers of thanksgiving as well as other prayers for the child and parents.
If you were not baptised as a child, you may still be baptised as an adult to show your commitment to the Christian faith. Often it will be appropriate for baptism to take place at the same time as Confirmation, the occasion when those baptised as children wish to affirm those promises for themselves.
Confirmation marks the point in the Christian journey at which a person, who has previously been baptised, affirms for him or herself the faith into which they have been baptised and the intention to live a life of committed discipleship.
A confirmation is carried out by a bishop who lays hands on the head of and prays over those being confirmed. A confirmation service may take place within the parish or another local church. A candidate would be expected to attend some preparation sessions offered by a minister in the parish or wider benefice.
Contact the Rev’d Lucy Thirtle if you would like further information about any of these services.
We welcome enquiries for weddings at St Nicholas Church, a lovely venue for your special day.
A recent bride commented: ‘The ceremony went so well and everyone really enjoyed the service, especially the way that you personalised it for us.’
Anyone living in the parish or a regular attender is entitled to be married here – or if you have a ‘Qualifying Connection’ with the parish. For full details of the law on where you can be married including ‘Qualifying Connections’ as well as for other valuable information, please visit www.yourchurchwedding.org.