What is Baptism?
Baptism – also known as “Christening” – is when a person publicly acknowledges his or her faith in Jesus Christ and is the beginning of their membership of the Christian Church. When children who are not old enough to answer for themselves are baptised, their parents and Godparents answer for them (see below).
Who can be baptised?
St. Mark’s has an open baptism policy and we are happy to baptise any adult who lives in the parish and who expresses a desire to follow Christ.
Adult baptism always takes place after a period of preparation, which is usually held together with those who are preparing for Confirmation. Those who are being baptised are also encouraged to take this further step of Confirmation.
We similarly will baptise any child whose family lives in the parish, although we do encourage parents first to come and find out if St. Mark’s is the sort of church they would like to belong to.
Support for children by Parents and Godparents
Children are always supported at baptism by their parent(s) and/or guardian(s) and usually by godparents. These adults are asked publicly to acknowledge their own faith, to bring up the child(ren) within the family of the Church and encourage them to consider confirmation when they are older and can make their own Christian commitment.
Preparation for a Child’s Baptism
We provide preparation for baptism for the child’s family so that they are aware of the significance of what is being done for their child, and can be offered the help and support of the local church as they seek to carry out the promises made in the service.
Please contact the Church Office or Parish Administrator in the Parish Office (which is based at St. Mary’s Church). Tel 0208 879 4950. if you want to find out more about baptism at St. Mark’s – either as an adult, or for your child.
Baptism preparation is normally held in your home at a convenient time for you.
Holy Matrimony – Weddings
A marriage service, wherever it takes place, is a public declaration of love and commitment to your partner.
If you choose to get married in church, there is an added dimension – the assurance that God cares about your relationship and that God’s resources and strengths are available to help you.
Can we be married in St Mark’s?
If either of you live in the parish of Wimbledon, live outside the parish area but are on the church’s electoral roll, and if both are over 18 and not married to anyone else, then you are legally entitled to marry at St Mark’s. You are also able to get married here if:
- this parish is where you were baptised and/or confirmed
- you have lived in the parish for 6 months or more, at any time during your lives
- this is a parish where you have attended worship in for at least 6 months
- this is the parish where your parents lived or worshipped (during your lifetime)
- your parents or grandparents were married in this parish
How to book a wedding?
The best way is to speak to the Parish Administrator in the Parish Office (which is based at St. Mary’s Church). Tel 0208 879 4950. You should speak to us before booking anything for certain as our churches can be booked up well in advance and it may not be possible to accommodate you.
What would happen next?
We take the preparation of couples getting married very seriously. The priest that will marry you will meet with you several times prior to your wedding to help to prepare for this very significant step in your life. These meetings will be fixed directly with the relevant priest.
If you want to book the church or the Vicar, for a funeral please call the Parish Office, Tel 0208 879 4950 .