We went to a baptism in Manor Park this afternoon. The service was held in the little church of St Mary the Virgin, Little Ilford, which dates back to the 12th century and is possibly built on the site of an earlier church. It was good to be back there as we were once regular congregation members of the parish and worshipped at St Mary's while St Michael's was being rebuilt in 1989 - 1990. The small church was full with family, friends and congregation members as we celebrated Sophie's baptism.
It is amazing to think of the number of times that there must have been similar gatherings over the centuries as individuals have been welcomed as members of the Christian community. Indeed both Graeme and Calum were baptised at St Mary's.
The altar frontal in my photo was made about 20 years ago by a member of the congreagtion who was a member of our housegroup.