Thursday, October 24, 2013

You don't have to be a prince to get baptised!

Here's a short video from the Archbishop of Canterbury, on the baptism of Prince George.

In case you are wondering about baptism for yourself or your children at Seal, as Archbishop Justin says, the answer is YES!

Baptism is entirely free of charge, and I am very happy to arrange it for a time and date that works for you if it is at all possible. If you don't live in the parish of Seal then we may need to talk to the parish priest where you do live to get their goodwill, but there are rarely any problems about this.

Older children and adults can also be baptised, and we can even combine a baptism with a wedding if that is appropriate for you!

To get the ball rolling, just get in touch with me and I will be happy to help.

Below you will find pictures of a recent baptism at Seal - many thanks to Seth's parents for permission to share these photos of the happy day!

Seth's parents and godparents

After the priest has made the sign of the cross on the baby's forehead the parents and godparents are invited to do the same. We use specially blessed oil for this - anointing with oil was done at the time of Jesus as a symbol of welcome and a preparation for washing.

The moment of baptism

After the baptism

The congregation are always delighted to greet their newest "brother" or "sister" in the Christian family.
 At the end of the service we give the family a candle to take away, a symbol of the light of God which burns in their child.

Photos by Fox Joyce Photography

Friday, October 04, 2013

Mothers Union newsletter Oct 2013

October 2013

Autumn days are with us and harvest is here. Use our seasonal prayers to give thanks for this year's ample apple offering.

This Autumn also sees us continue to put an end to violence against women as we take part in 16 Days of Activism. Get involved today.  

Best wishes,
Nicola HughesNewsletter Editor
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