Baptism is our entry into the community of the Christian Church. Parents and Godparents make promises on behalf of the child. Water is poured three times over the child's head, in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit; the sign of the cross is made on the forehead as the child is anointed with the Holy Spirit; and a lighted candle is given to the parents to signify the light of Christ and a new light born into the world.
Baptism at St Mary's
Baptism takes place during the Parish Eucharist at 9.30 on a Sunday morning. To have your child baptised you need to live within the parish or be on the church Electoral Roll. To enquire about Baptism please contact the Parish Office on 020 8744 2693. Once a date has been fixed, a lay visitor will visit the parents to discuss the Baptism.
Adult Baptism is usually conducted within the sacrament of Confirmation.