On Sunday our latest grandson was Baptised at our local Church, St John’s Hyde Park. It was a beautiful, moving, funny, sweet, reverent and jolly event. Here is Mum and Dad, holding Kitson. He is wearing the Christening gown and hat that I had made. I had also ironed it but that was a complete waste of time.
The actual baptism was held at the back of the church, using a copper bowl and water poured from a silver jug. Revd Phillipa Turner conducted the Baptism, assisted by Revd Margaret Legg (who married our son George and Bianca). As you can see Ted is taking an intense interest in the burning candle. I made the orange bow tie that he is wearing.
Kit got a candle of his own, to be lit annually on the birthday or anniversary of the Christening. Vicar Revd Stephen Mason, who preached passionately on social inclusion, looks on.
I would like to thank all the family and friends who came along to make this a special day. The Godparents Bren, Ade and Kate. Grandma Faye for cooking an amazing dish of curried goat and rice. Grandpa John, after whom the baby was named, and Jo who provided the cake decoration (recycled from Ted’s Christening). Maroush who provided wonderful Lebanese food. And to the congregation and clergy of St John’s Hyde park who really supported and welcomed Kitson into the community with love, kindness and understanding – Thank you.
After the ceremony Esme changed into a something more comfortable and I was thrilled she chose one of my blouses. It is really nice to have an event like this where so many of the clothes and so much of the food is made by hand, by family, with love.