As the body of Christ, we often have the privilege of seeing the gospel proclaimed through marriage and baptism. Please see below for further information.

Congratulations on your engagement! If you are considering getting married at Christ the King then there are a few things you need to know.

In the past it was necessary for either the Bride or the Bridegroom to live in the Parish of Christ the King, Kettering, or be on its Electoral Roll. Electoral Roll membership involves, amongst other things, regular worship at Christ the King for a minimum of six to nine months.

In addition, an engaged couple may now be married in the parish if one or more of the following conditions applies:

1. one of them was baptised or prepared for confirmation in the parish;
2. one of them has ever lived in the parish for six months or more;
3. one of them has at any time regularly attended public worship in the parish for six months or more;
4. one of their parents has lived in the parish for six months or more in their child’s lifetime;
5. one of their parents has regularly attended public worship there for six months or more in their child’s lifetime;
6. their parents or grandparents were married in the parish.

To find out whether you are able to marry at CtK, please call the office (01536 517553) and Mandy will talk you through the process.

To read more information about marriage in church, go to http://www.yourchurchwedding.org/youre-welcome/legal-aspects-of-marriage.aspx

We also offer marriage preparation for couples preparing to get married.

We pray that you will have a long, happy and blessed marriage.

Baptism (often called a Christening) is a sign and symbol of the beginning of a life-long journey of faith.

Baptism happens within a main Sunday service and is an opportunity for parents to thank God for the life of their child and to make promises on their behalf that they will bring their child up in the Christian faith. Godparents also make these promises and the church promises to welcome the child into the church family and to pray for the family.

These promises shouldn’t be made lightly and we ask everyone who is considering having their child baptised to be involved in 3 preparation evenings where there will be an opportunity to ask questions, find out more about what baptism involves and meet the clergy person who will be baptising your child.

After the preparation evenings, some parents decide not to have their child baptised and want to simply have a chance to thank God for the birth or adoption of their child and to pray for them without the commitment of the promises a baptism asks for. This is called a ‘thanksgiving’ and also happens in a Sunday service.

A Thanksgiving Service is not a Baptism. There are no promises to make about the Christian faith. The child will be blessed and prayed for, and supporting friends will promise to support the parents in bringing up their baby.

To find out more about baptism, contact Mandy in the Church Office (01536 517553)

You can also read more about what baptism is about and what happens here: https://churchofenglandchristenings.org