The font stands near the west door and was designed by Sir George Gilbert Scott. It has a wrought-iron canopy, presented in 1881. the baptistry window was destroyed in the bombing and was replaced.in 1966 with glass from the Whitefriars Stained Glass Studio, designed by Alfred R. Fisher. The Virgin is shown holding the church of St Mary Abbots
At St Mary Abbots we're delighted to baptise children; indeed, we baptise people of any age - babies, toddlers, children, adults - who wish to join the Christian Church and have not previously been baptised. We offer the sacrament of baptism to those who either live in our geographical parish and/or those who worship with us regularly - and occasionally those with a more tenuous link but for whom this is the right church.
Baptism takes place in the 9.30 am Holy Eucharist Service on the second Sunday of each month. We feel that when you are baptised you are joining the church community and we will offer you a chance to meet the other baptismal families before the service. Baptism proclaims two great truths: that God knows, loves and cares for the person being baptised; and that by being baptised the candidate becomes a full member of Christ's Church - not St Mary Abbots, not the Church of England or Anglican Communion, but the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church. So it is important for the whole church to be there and welcome the baptised baby or adult into the community, rather than just invited family and friends. Because this is so important we do not offer private baptisms. We do of course arrange, when such circumstances make it necessary, Emergency Baptisms.
If you would like to make an appointment to speak to our vicar to discuss having your child or yourself baptized please contact Leonora HERE or 0203 479 4731. The Vicarage office is open from 10am - 5pm on Monday to Thursday.
For more information on the Sacrament of Baptism in the Church of England please click here