Christ Church, Linthwaite, Huddersfield

Baptisms & Weddings


What is Baptism?


Jesus challenged his first followers to “go and make disciples [followers] of all peoples, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. ...” (Matthew 28:19 & 20)Baptism has for adults always been associated with a decision to become a disciple of Jesus and 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.
It is natural for adults who have faith for themselves to seek baptism for their children since they are brought up within the church and in a Christian household.
While most people are familiar with being baptised as a child, baptism can happen at any age. What matters is that those concerned believe it is right to ask for baptism. You can only be baptized once, but if you want to renew your commitment, there are ways to do this too.Baptism is considered by the Church to be a 'sacrament'. In other words, it is a visible sign of something that God's love is doing on the inside. 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.

 When do Baptisms take place?

At St Barnabas Crosland Moor, Baptisms take place on the first Sunday of most months at 11.00am.

At Christ Church Linthwaite, Baptisms take place on the second Sunday of most months at 11.00am.  

How do I apply for Baptism?

Please download and complete the form on this page and then return it to Fr Paul Witts either by email or by post to St Barnabas' Vicarage, Church Avenue, Crosland Moor, Huddersfield, HD4 5DF 

Baptism Application Form



Marriage: frequently asked questions



Here are some answers to commonly asked questions. Feel free to contact us if there are any further questions that you would like to ask. Additionally, you can use this link for further information.

Q.What is Christian Marriage?

A. Christian marriage means the marriage of Christians; the union of a man and woman who believe in God, who acknowledge Jesus Christ as their Redeemer, who join in the worship, the sacraments, and the fellowship of the Church.

Q.I'm not baptised. I don't go to church. Can I still get married in church?

A. Legally, yes you can. But the Church would much prefer that you were Baptized before your wedding because you will be making Christian vows as the basis of your new life as a married person.

Q. What kind of service will we be able to have at our wedding?

A. Three forms of service are currently allowed by law in the Church of England. You are free to chose one of them. However, you need to think carefully about how accessible, for modern listeners, the language used in each service will be for the people who will be attending your wedding. You can read the various marriage services by following the following links:

Marriage Service 1662 traditional language

Marriage Service 1928 revised traditional language with revised vows

Marriage Service 2000 contemporary language

Q.How do I book the church for a wedding?

A. Please complete the Banns Application Form further down this page and return it to Fr Paul Witts on or by post to St Barnabas' Vicarage, Church Avenue, Crosland Moor, Huddersfield, HD4 5DFQ. Fr Paul will then contact you to discuss a date and time.


Banns Application Form