Very Important Notice.

Before you send out any invitations or book venues for a reception, you must first contact the vicar to enquire that the date you are requesting for your baby/child's christening is available. If the month or dates requested are not available, and as there is a maximum of two christening services a month, you may have to wait a short while.


Christenings are usually conducted during the Sunday 9.45am Eucharist service on the first and third Sundays in the month, though this may vary depending on the time of year and planned services. Services are normally completed by 10.45am.

We always give a warm welcome to all those wanting to have their child Christened at St Matthew’s. It is always good to welcome new members to our family of God, here in Newbottle.

Our church of course is open for everyone, but we would like to respectfully suggest, in consideration for our regular congregation, who will be at the service, that you encourage your guests to take part, or invite only those to the Christening Service, who you believe will participate in the service.  We would also like to encourage you to come along to our morning service for a couple of weeks, before your Christening Service, so that you get to know us and we get to know you. This will help make your child’s Christening a more joyous occasion for everyone.


No fee is requested for a Christening. However, a collection is taken during the service which gives an opportunity for parents, family and friends to make a thank you offering for the work of the church. More information may be found at


It may be helpful to know that the church has a baby changing facility inside the toilet, and it is wheelchair accessible.  We will also ask for your permission to take and publish a photograph of your Christening party at the end of the service, to go in our parish magazine and on our Facebook page.


Please contact the vicar to check which dates are available: or 0191 5843244.


St. Matthew's Church

Front Street




Rev. Edward Wilkinson


Tel: 0191 584 3244

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