We are limited in the numbers of people we can host at our celebrations, so we simply cannot extend an invitation to everyone we’d like to celebrate with. If we cannot accommodate you at this event, we hope you will celebrate with us privately on another occasion.
12:30pm, 18th February 2023
(You may choose to attend the Choral Service at 11.15am should you wish.)
The Temple Church
London EC4Y 7BB
If you choose to drive to the baptism at Temple Church, it is possible to park in the Inner Temple car park by entering through the Tudor Gate from Tudor Street. There are some free on street parking options on Sundays.
Temple Church was established by the warrior Knights Templars – the protectors of pilgrims – to mirror the Holy Sepulchre church which surrounds what’s thought to be the tomb of Jesus Christ in Jerusalem. Temple sits at a geographical locus of law and media. Magna Carta – which established key principles of human rights and liberal democracy – was negotiated and drafted in the Temple. It sits down an alley way off Fleet Street – the traditional centre of the UK’s media sector.
Temple Church features in the book and film of Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code. Although the opening page of The Da Vinci Code states “All descriptions of artwork, architecture, documents, and secret rituals in this novel are accurate” it is fiction. Come to Temple Church to discover the facts for yourself.
When A Knight Won His Spurs
When a knight won his spurs, in the stories of old,
He was gentle and brave, he was gallant and bold
With a shield on his arm and a lance in his hand,
For God and for valour he rode through the land.
No charger have I, and no sword by my side,
Yet still to adventure and battle I ride,
Though back into storyland giants have fled,
And the knights are no more and the dragons are dead.
Let faith be my shield and let joy be my steed
‘Gainst the dragons of anger, the ogres of greed;
And let me set free with the sword of my youth,
From the castle of darkness, the power of the truth.