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Baptism

Baptism (or ‘christening’) marks the entry of a person into the Christian community of faith. We baptize members of the congregation and those who live in the parish at our 9.45 am and 11.30 am services – although not in the seasons of Advent (four weeks before Christmas) or Lent (six weeks before Easter).

Adults and children from Year 6 upwards are baptized a week or so before they are confirmed.

If you would like a baptism at St Clement’s or St James’s, you must first come to a Sunday service to chat to one of the clergy. This is the necessary first step in order to begin the process. Subsequently, you will need to send in the baptism application form. To ensure that you feel at home in the congregation, we expect families which live in the parish to attend the main service in the church they have chosen for at least four Sundays prior to baptism. Those who live outside the parish must attend for at least eight weeks, to ensure that they can sustain a connection with our parish.

The Parish Office is happy to answer any preliminary questions you may have. The Church of England website has further information about baptism.

Parents are given a baptismal certificate. Godparents each receive a card to remind them of the promises they have made. We are very happy for photos to be taken after the service.

Baptism is free of charge, but involves a commitment to a new way of life in the Christian community. As you can see from the rest of the website, there is a range of activities for children and adults. In due course, children may wish to make their own formal declaration of faith, by being confirmed.

News

  • Grenfell Tower disaster

    June 15th, 2017

      The community response to the disaster has been phenomenal. Ever since St Clement’s church opened at 3.00 am on Wednesday morning, help has been pouring in. Very many thanks to those who have their time, or who have donated food or supplies. However, we are no longer taking donations. Clothes have been boxed up at […]

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  • Summer Speakers 2017

    May 4th, 2017

      Summer Speakers is a series of talks, hosted by St James Norlands Church, to engage and entertain our local community. Tickets £7.50 – from Eventbrite: click here. Talks are on all on Tuesday evenings. They start at 7.30 pm and last approximately one hour. Wine is available. 6 June: Craig Brown – Satire in the […]

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  • Summer Fete

    May 2nd, 2017

      Join us at the summer fete which will take place from 12 noon – 4.00 pm on Saturday 1 July at St James’s Gardens. Save this date! This year St Clement’s and St James Primary School will join us, with their own stalls. Help will be needed for staffing stalls, running children’s activities, selling raffle tickets and donating […]

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  • Friday Night Music

    May 1st, 2017

      Free recitals at 7.00 pm at St James on 23 June, 7 July, 8 September, 22 September, and 6 October. Wine available. 23 June: Robert Carlin – Tenor; Sandra Smith – Piano. Songs by Purcell, Schubert, Quilter.

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  • Pilgrimage to Salisbury Cathedral

    April 30th, 2017

      Join us for a day visit to Salisbury, with a Eucharist in a side chapel in one of the most stunning cathedrals in England. We leave from St Clement’s church at 8.30 am on Saturday 15 July, and return late afternoon from Salisbury, arriving back in London at around 6.00 pm. Sign up in church: […]

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  • Would you like to be confirmed?

    April 29th, 2017

      Confirmation application forms are avaialable in church or here. Open to children in Year 5 and above – and of course adults. The preparation sessions are in September and October. The Confirmation service is at 5.00 pm on Saturday 4 November at St Paul’s Cathedral. Please return the back page to the clergy or […]

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