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Baptisms at St Mary Magdalene

St Mary Magdalene is a place for all of life’s great events, including celebrating a new life. We are delighted to welcome families with their children who seek baptism (‘Christening’) in the Church of England. During a christening your child will be baptized with water. It’s the start of an amazing journey of faith for your child and a special day for all your friends and family.

In fact, anyone can get baptized, at any time of their life, although adults usually combine this with their Confirmation, a service where the vows said on behalf of the child (who couldn't answer for themselves) by parents and God parents are affirmed or 'Confirmed' as their own belief.

Baptisms are conducted during the main service at 10am on a Sunday morning, the date of which is negotiable with the Vicar.

Do please be in touch or use the contact form on the website to discuss baptism with him.

Rae Vinton Baptism
Baptism of Rae Vinton
Both our sons were baptised at St Mary Magdalene and am pleased to say we feel they were wholeheartedly embraced into the community there from Day1. The Sunday service is easy to follow - and a beautiful way to introduce young souls to God's church
Sam & Sophie Lodato
 

Baptism of a child

From a sermon by The Rev'd Jackie Fish

Parents and Godparents pledge on the child's behalf that they will reject the devil; renounce evil; turn from sin; and submit to Christ as Lord; as truth and as Saviour. Before she is even a year old, this child is being committed into a particular religious and ethical sense of direction in the world. Well some might say it’s a little premature to be laying such a heavy burden on such a young and innocent child.

However, when little ones start developing teeth, we teach them to clean their teeth. We buy them a little toothbrush that will encourage them to clean their teeth. Teeth are always a problem, aren’t they? They hurt when they’re coming, they certainly hurt when they’re going, and we’ve only got to clean them while we have them.

But after encouraging children to use a toothbrush, we then ‘insist’ that they use it every day!

We don’t say “We’ll leave it until they’re grown up, then they can decide whether they want to clean their teeth or not!”  No, we start them off by getting them into good habits! The same principle applies to the Christian Faith, and moral questions. All children are a little uncivilized really, until we teach them otherwise, often one of the first things they learn to do is pull your hair and poke your eyes!

Children also need to be taught how to share their toys with other children. We teach them what belongs to them and what belongs to others, and that taking someone else’s things is stealing, and a thing you get punished for. We teach them to tell the truth, and that not telling the truth is lying. We don’t say, “Well, we won’t bother with all that! Let them decide when they’re adult whether they want to be selfish or unselfish, honest or dishonest, truthful or untruthful people.” We don’t do that!

To read the full sermon please click here.

 

Diana with Dylan and Zachary

My experience of baptism at St Mary Magdalene.

I was excited to have my twin boys Dylan and Zachary baptised and to be doing so at a church I had grown to love, having been a member for a few years. For me it was all about thanksgiving for my two boys; a celebration before God, and surrounded by my church, family and friends. I didn’t necessarily know the process beforehand but it was straightforward and included a personal home visit from Gordon our priest, to explain it all.

On the day itself we had a beautiful service and the bit I loved most was standing proud as after each baptism Gordon went round introducing Dylan and Zachary to the Church. It’s the little things that count. We also had a little celebratory tea and cake in the Church hall after the service to again say thanks.

That was three years ago now and as regulars our little family is very much known in church. I myself grew up in church and continued my faith throughout. I very much want the same for Dylan and Zachary and I love how we are supported in the church as part of the family. It truly is wonderful. And more recently, to see my boys moving away from just crèche now and starting to understand the teachings in their first few steps into Sunday School is a beautiful thing.

Diana Williams

My experience of baptism at St Mary Magdalene.

I was excited to have my twin boys Dylan and Zachary baptised and to be doing so at a church I had grown to love, having been a member for a few years. For me it was all about thanksgiving for my two boys; a celebration before God, and surrounded by my church, family and friends. I didn’t necessarily know the process beforehand but it was straightforward and included a personal home visit from Gordon our priest, to explain it all.

On the day itself we had a beautiful service and the bit I loved most was standing proud as after each baptism Gordon went round introducing Dylan and Zachary to the Church. It’s the little things that count. We also had a little celebratory tea and cake in the Church hall after the service to again say thanks.

That was three years ago now and as regulars our little family is very much known in church. I myself grew up in church and continued my faith throughout. I very much want the same for Dylan and Zachary and I love how we are supported in the church as part of the family. It truly is wonderful. And more recently, to see my boys moving away from just crèche now and starting to understand the teachings in their first few steps into Sunday School is a beautiful thing.

Diana Williams

 

Further reading

You can find out more on the Church of England site about Christenings here.

Baby baptism

You can find out more on the Church of England site about Christenings here.

Baby baptism