Baptism is the beginning of the Journey of faith, when we thank God for his gift of life and publicly acknowledge his love.
In the Anglican Church, it is common to baptise young children; this is sometimes known as christening.
Baptism is primarily about being welcomed into membership of the Christian church. Parents often want their children to be baptised so that as they grow up they can learn about God and the Church. It is about becoming a member of the Church and we hope that everyone who is baptised, young or older, will become part of the church that serves their community.
During the baptism service, the visible signs of water, being marked with the cross and the lit candle are used to show God’s love.
If you live within the parish of Richmond with Hudswell or you are a member of our congregation, you are very welcome to have your child baptised at St Mary’s Church or to be baptised yourself.
Baptisms normally take place on Sunday during the 10.00am Service or after the service at 12.00pm on the first Sunday of the month.
Anyone who is already baptised, who is interested in being prepared for Confirmation or just exploring their faith more deeply is welcome to contact the Rector.
More information about Baptism is available at www.churchofengland.org/weddings-baptisms-funerals/baptism.aspx
If you are enquiring about arranging a baptism, please contact the Parish Administrator Claire Murray on 07394 947819.