A Turning Point
You have recently had a baby and you are thinking of having him or her christened. Congratulations! The birth of a baby often makes us think about the bigger issues in life: our values and spiritual priorities. Or maybe your children are a little older and you are only now thinking about what faith is all about. Today many adults ask to be baptised as well, as they find themselves drawn to God as adults. Whatever your reason for thinking about baptism you are welcome at St Mary’s.
What to do Next
We are always delighted to carry out baptisms for members of our congregation and for people who live within the parish. If you live outside the parish boundaries, then we will either direct you to your local church, or explain the degree of commitment involved in becoming a regular member of the congregation and actively supporting our work and mission in the area. We have to prioritise the baptism of the children of parishioners and regret we cannot agree to the baptism of those who have no significant connection with St Mary’s or Battersea. If you don’t have such a connection, we encourage you to seek out your local Church of England Parish Church who will be delighted to help you.
Understanding what baptism is
The decision for baptism is a decision about joining the Christian community. Today when people are baptized they are declaring their intention to grow as a member of the Church. You cannot be a baptized Christian and not belong to a Church.
The Christian community is not simply another club. There are lots of associations that provide a social life and support. The church is a community which believes that life should be centred on God as revealed in the life of Jesus. It is a community committed to praying for those who are its members and those who are not. Christianity is a religion that demands that our faith be put into action to create a better world. Not only should we love others as individuals, but we should work together to change society so that it is a better place in which to live. Christians have a desire to change the world and make it more like the one they believe God intended. You are welcome to join us.
Office Hour: For all Enquiries
One of the clergy is available in Church each month for the arranging of baptisms. Forthcoming dates are:
12th November 2018
10th December 2018
21st January 2019
11th February 2019
18th March 2019
15th April 2019
between 6.30 pm and 7.30pm for any further enquiries and initial contact. Please telephone the Parish Office (020 7228 9648) for more details.