Baptism & Christenings



Baptism, as its Old English name ‘christening’ suggests, means being ‘made into Christ’ – becoming part of the Christian family. People can be baptised at any age, though many parents, wishing to thank God for the gift of their child and start them on the journey of faith, arrange for their baptism as babies.

If you live in the parish you are entitled to be baptised here yourself or have your children baptised here. Baptism is also available to members of this church community who don’t live within the parish boundary. Most baptisms of babies and children take place at noon on a number of Sundays through the year and preparation for parents is provided beforehand. Adults seeking baptism prepare by learning about the faith and usually are baptised and confirmed at the same service by the Bishop.

To find out more about the possibility of baptism at St Mary’s please contact Antonia Wainman, the Parish Clerk by email to or phone 0203 9034734.