Welcome to the United Benefice
of Chaddesden, St Philip with Derby, St Mark

Baptisms (Christenings)

We welcome enquiries about baptism from families and individuals living in our parish.

In the Church of England it is usual to baptise a child in the local parish where they live. If you are thinking of asking for baptism here but you don't live in the parish, before continuing with this request, we ask you to visit a service at your local parish church and talk to your own vicar to see how you might feel about having your child baptised there. We have found that sometimes people find their local church more of a possibility than they first thought.

Our particular concern also is that in baptism you promise to bring your child up within the life and worship of the church. We have found that this is often easier for a family within the local church and we like to do everything we can to encourage families to make a connection with a church that they would find easy to attend. You are of course always welcome to come to services at St Philip's or St. Mark's..

If, however, after making a visit to your parish church, you still feel that this church is the one with which you wish to make a real connection and in which you would like to have your child baptised, you are welcome to contact the Vicar to talk about how you are going to do this.

Whatever you decide for your child or yourself, you will always be welcome in church.

Choosing godparents

The role of godparents is to help your child to grow up to be a faithful disciple of Jesus Christ, playing an active part in helping your child to take their place in the life and worship of Christ's church, and need to be chosen carefully to fulfil this role. The Church of England requires that there be at least two godparents of the same sex as the child and one of the opposite sex. Godparents MUST be baptised themselves, it is best if they are also confirmed.

Godparents do NOT, as is often believed, automtically become your child's guardians should such a need arise. We would encourage you to make separate provision for this eventuality in a will. 

More Information:
If you would like to find out more about getting your child baptised at either St Philip's Church or St Mark's Church, please contact Fr Michael Futers on 07500 802768 or by email

Useful links:

Guide to Baptism (Christenings)

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