Category Archives: Baptism

A welcome for Ava and the new font

There was a sense of celebration in the air at St Mark’s Church, Hale, last Sunday. Not only was baby Ava being baptized, she was the first baby to be baptized in the new handcrafted font at the church.

Surrounded by family and friends, and with help from Ava’s big sister, six-year-old Mollie, Ava was welcomed into the family of God. Rev’d Hannah Moore reminded everyone that “Christ loves [Ava] and welcomes her into his Church” and baptized her in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, pouring water over her head. Ava barely stirred.

Mollie and the other children in the congregation had helped Hannah bless the water and were also delighted by the two small ducks – one marked ‘Ava’ the other ‘Mollie’ – which floated in the font.

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It was a joyful occasion and a fitting first use of the new, portable font.

The font is made of a beautiful, multicoloured glass bowl resting on a grey wrought iron stand similar to the iron work on the altar rails at the church.

The bowl was made by the Adam Aaronson glass studio and the stand by Cliff Madgwick of Hampshire Metalcraft and the work was commissioned and organised by Pat Manton from St Mark’s, a fine craftswoman herself.

 

 

 

 

A Baptism on the same day as Princess Charlotte

On Sunday 5th July, little Isla-Rose Pearl Roberts was baptised at St John’s Church in the Parish of Badshot Lea and Hale by the Reverend Lesley Crawley. Isla-Rose was there with her were mum and dad – Nikki and David – and her big sister Lauren as well as all the rest of her family and friends.

Lesley commented, “We love baptising children in the the three churches of the Parish of Badshot Lea and Hale. They are baptised during the normal Sunday Services so that the regular congregation can officially welcome the newest members of the church. We aim to be congregations who provide a spiritual family for all those who are baptised.”

Nikki said, “Isla-Rose Pearl’s baptism was so wonderful, the service was absolutely beautiful and I was filled with joy when she was welcomed into the church. It means a lot for my children to be baptised because although a busy work and home life restricts me from attending church as much as I would like, I often think of God and pray for all of my family and friends.”

If you would like to know more about baptism (also known as Christening) then contact Lesley on revdlesley@gmail.com or 01252 820537.

Baptism of Christ

We invited back to our churches ll those who had been baptised or confirmed in 2014:

We thank God for those who were baptised in our Parish in 2014:

at St Georges:

Alfie William Arthur Yeomans

Chloe Grace Hill

Elle Holly Basley

Erin Macy Langham

Florence Ann Aggie Burling

Harry Joseph Panton

Issac Jacob Daniels

Ruby May Hill

 

at St Johns:

Bella-Rose Blanch

Dylan James David Bond

Emme Nicola Pickles

Harriet Alexa Allibone

Penelope Ada Rowe

 

at St Marks:

Andrew Maxwell Robertson

Ben Dominic Cabrera

Benjamin James Taylor

Bethany Rose Taylor

Holly Gabrielle Flanagan

Isabel Louise Cabrera

Isabella Jane Featherstone

Jack Joshua Browne

Jaiden Aston Bowes

Kate Alexandra Sowden

Lucas Tommy Bowes

Lylah-May Bowes

Mason Olly Bowes

Mollie Elizabeth Helen Burton

Poppy Stella Rae Searle

Sofia Elizabeth Bainbridge

Thomas Asher Sowden

Toby Joseph Johnson

William Edward Ronald Parris

William James Best

 

We thank God for those from our Parish who were confirmed in 2014:

 Confirmed at Guildford Cathedral:

from St George’s:

Bayley Hobbs

Benjamin Grafham

Katie Campbell

Milo Kyle

Oliver Valentine

Tobias Kyle

 

from St John’s

Susan Allibone

 

from St Mark’s

Thomas Sargent

 

Baptised and Confirmed at Guildford Cathedral:

from St George’s:

Jamie Adam Finlayson

Julie Erin Mansfield

Lucy Jane Finlayson

Sarah Anne Small

 

from St John’s:

Joanne Elaine Richardson

Oliver Richard Pendle

 

from St Mark’s:

Deborah Louise Pearce-Simmonds

Jasmine Chelsea Flanagan

 

Here are the photos thanks to Alison Ridgeon and Lesley Shatwell

 

Baptism Sermon – 22/4/12 (Lesley)

Well today we are welcoming Jesse to the Church or more specifically to the Church of England, but what does that mean?

I heard that there was a very good programme on the telly called “Midwives” or something like that… where a nurse inadvertently applied for a job at a hospital run by nuns. At the interview she was asked the question whether she had a faith, and she replied “No, I’m Church of England”.

We might think that is funny but when I was a teenager I asked my dad whether he was a Christian, to which he replied “well I’m not Muslim, am I?”

Mmm… I think there is more to being a Christian than that. I think there is even more to being a member of the Church of England than that!

We don’t become Christians by an accident of birth – it is a process of new birth. Jesus says that we become Christians by being born of the Spirit and Water. And I don’t think he was talking about having a Scotch on the rocks, as uplifting as that might be!

We become Christians by something we do – which is turning our hearts and minds to God,

Something that God does – which is giving us the Holy Spirit and Something that the Church does – which is Baptism.

So today we are baptising Jesse and we hope and pray that when he is old enough he will find God and decide to turn to God. He will then have the opportunity to be Confirmed and the Bishop will pray for him to receive the Holy Spirit.

For some people here there has never been a time when they didn’t know God in their lives through the Holy Spirit. For others, like me, the decision came later. I was an atheist, and quite an ardent atheist before I stumbled upon the church, and little by little it seemed to make sense, until the day when I had to admit to myself and to God that I believed in God. This wasn’t insignificant for me – it was a massive change in my worldview and also, I believed that if there is a God with a plan for my life then I should seek that God with all my mind, heart and soul…. And look where I ended up!

There are many metaphors in the Bible for the Church and I thought it might be helpful on this special day when we are welcoming a new member into the church to think about these Metaphors.

The first is that we are a Temple made of Living Stones. This is the only reference to a building in the New Testament – We are the Temple – us. Church doesn’t mean a cold building with uncomfortable pews and stained glass windows. Church is the people inside. Talking about uncomfortable pews – have you heard the quote by Abraham Lincoln where he said that if all the people who fell asleep in churches on a Sunday were laid end to end they would be a lot more comfortable?

But it is more exciting than that – we are living stones and when we come together we make a Holy Temple – a place perhaps where we can sense the presence of God.

Another metaphor for the church is that it is the bride of Christ – becoming part of the church is like being married to Christ. We seek to Love Christ, to walk alongside Christ. St. Augustine prayed, `You have made us for yourself, and our hearts find no peace until they rest in you.’ Finding the community of the church where together we express our love and joy in Christ is something that answered a need in me – people talk about having a God-shaped hole, and for me I found that becoming fully part of the Church answered my restless heart. It was a falling in love for me, a marriage, when I worship in church it is a desire to tell God how I feel.

The final metaphor for the church is the Body of Christ, and I think this is favourite for many of us. Each one of us has gifts and skills that we bring to the church, and today Jesse is part of this family, part of this body. Together we aim to be Christ to each other and Christ to the world.

I have found the church to be the place for authentic and profound relationships and the place where people who need healing, love, forgiveness can find it.

I’ll finish by quoting Teresa of Avila who lived way back in the sixteenth century:

Christ has no body but yours,

No hands, no feet on earth but yours,

Yours are the eyes with which he looks compassion on this world,

Yours are the feet with which he walks to do good,

Yours are the hands, with which he blesses all the world.

Yours are the hands, yours are the feet,

Yours are the eyes, you are his body.

Christ has no body now but yours,

No hands, no feet on earth but yours,

Yours are the eyes with which he looks

compassion on this world.

Christ has no body now on earth but yours.

Let us together be the Body of Christ. Amen