St Mary’s is very pleased to welcome everyone who wishes their children to begin their Christian journey by baptism.

There is no age limit (upper or lower) - we welcome all ages - infants, older children and adults.

Inclusive approach

We are delighted to offer baptism to anyone who has or has had a connection with St Mary’s Church or our parish. The promises that parents and godparents make in the service are detailed here, and in the link below.Baptism party with Vicar John Hayward

When do Baptisms take place

Most baptisms take place during our Sunday 9.30am Children First Eucharist, (3rd Sundays of the month)  when the congregation is present to extend its welcome. By mutual arrangement, it is possible to be held at 11.15am some Sundays. Our Parish Administrator will be pleased to discuss availability of dates to suit all concerned.

How to proceed

Please telephone the Parish Office on 020 8542 1760 to discuss available dates and answer any questions you may have. When a date is agreed please complete the application form, below, and return to  office@stmarysmerton.org.uk

We look forward to welcoming you.

‘Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit’.  Matthew 28:19
Choosing godparents

By tradition 3 godparents are chosen, two of the same gender and one of the opposite and should all be baptised themselves. If not baptised, then one godparent may be substituted by a sponsor.

Adult Baptism

We warmly welcome adult candidates for baptism which is invariably the first step to Confirmation, a service at which the Bishop presides. The Vicar will be happy to discuss this with you.

Donations

We offer the sacrament of baptism free of charge but are very grateful for donations to be made to help us maintain this ancient building, built in 1115AD, and support the work of the Church. Thank you for your generosity.

Confirmation

Confirmation is usually celebrated from the age of 11, which compliments the sacrament of baptism and provides the route to regularly receiving holy communion. Young people or adults will be prepared in groups, usually involving the Vicar and Reader.

Confirmation services take place either at St Mary’s or another local church within our deanery or sometimes at Southwark Cathedral. Adults who have not previously been baptised will be prepared for Baptism and Confirmation together. 

To enquire further about Confirmation preparation, please email the Vicar at vicar@stmarysmerton.org.uk