Steps to christenings in Oakley and Wootton parish

We welcome people of all ages who wish to be christened and affirm their membership of Christ's church.

Infant Christening

Step One

Phone Christine Peryer (below) on 01256 780502 who will note your details and invite you and your family to church.

Step Two

Come to St Leonard's on a Sunday at 10.00am - there is provision for children each week.


Step Three

Come to the preparation sessions. Richard and Mary Cripps (below) lead these sessions on two Sunday mornings with fresh coffee and food.


Step Four

Following these preparation sessions fix a date with the Parish Office to discuss your child's christening

Christine Peryer is married to Mark and they have two grown-up children. Christine has been helping with the administration side of christenings in the parish for over 20 years.  She is a retired teacher but is still involved in children’s activities at St Leonard’s.  Christine enjoys getting to know the families she meets.  She is usually the first point of contact for christening enquiries in this parish.

Richard and Mary Cripps lead the two week christening preparation course. They joined St Leonard’s Church soon after they moved to Oakley in 2010. They had previously lived in West London. They have three children and 11 grandchildren aged 0 to 15 so whatever age your children are, they know one!  Richard hails originally from Southampton and still supports The Saints. He is a retired Social Worker with People with Disabilities and Mary works with British Sign Language users.  They are involved in various local community activities.