Mortimer Benefice

The Benefice Office is closed. For urgent matters, please telephone The Vicar, Fr. Paul Chaplin - 01189 331 718. For non-urgent matters, please telephone 01189 333 704 and leave a message or send an email to admin@mortimerbenefice.co.uk and we will respond as soon as possible.

DUE TO CORONAVIRUS ALL SERVICES SUSPENDED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

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DAILY WORSHIP AND PRAYER RESOURCES

The next diocesan live-stream will take place at 10am on Sunday 29th March by the four bishops working together. View at this link https://www.oxford.anglican.org/coronavirus-covid-19/livestream

Services of Daily Prayer are available in both contemporary and traditional forms and for all times of day. View at this link. https://www.churchofengland.org/prayer-and-worship/join-us-service-daily-prayer

From the Diocese of Oxford – ‘Psalm 23 has been a source of strength for thousands of years. Let’s pause and say it every day at 11 am through this crisis we now face.’ https://www.oxford.anglican.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/DOX-032-Coronavirus-psalm-23.pdf


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Weekly Newsletter 29th March to 5th April

Baptism and Confirmation



BAPTISM AND CONFIRMATION
 
At Baptism we become members of that part of God’s family which Christians call the family of the Church. Baptism has been described as the door we open to begin a new life in Christ. It is for adults and for children.

Parents and Godparents who present their children for Baptism are entrusted to pass on to them their faith in Christ and at the appropriate time, to encourage them to receive the sacraments of Confirmation and the Eucharist.

FOR INFANTS.  If you would like to explore Baptism for your child please contact the Vicar. Baptisms usually take place within the Eucharist or at 11.45 a.m. on Sundays. We offer pre-baptism preparation sessions and a meeting with one of the parish priests provides the opportunity to talk through the issues involved and look at the order of service. Follow-up visits, to encourage and support the new Church members and their families, are offered by our team of Baptism Visitors.

THE PROMISE GODPARENTS MAKE. At Baptism the Church family is represented by Godparents. ‘Godparent’ is not an honorary title, but a job description. Godparents are, with the Parents or Guardians of our children, their guide at the beginning of the journey of Christian life. Godparents should come to see the need for their own Baptism commitment to deepen and for their love for God and neighbour to become ever more generous.

RENEWING OUR PROMISE AS PARENTS AND GODPARENTS At the Baptism of our children we, as Parents and Godparents, publicly profess our faith, and promise to bring our children up in the practice of the faith. This undertaking requires us to teach our children to pray and to know and love Jesus Christ and to join in Eucharistic worship on Sundays. Families and friends, whether Christian or not, are very welcome to attend the services. If you are not a Christian you are invited to join in the prayers and responses only in so far as you feel able.

BAPTISM AND CONFIRMATION  If you think you may be interested in finding out more about Baptism and Confirmation for Christian life please contact the Vicar. There are regular Confirmation Programmes for both young people and adults, culminating in the Sacrament of Confirmation.