At St Marks and St Stephens, we welcome enquiries about Holy Baptism (also known as christening) and Confirmation. These are the services at which individuals – children and adults – become members of the Body of Christ, and received into the family of the Church. Detailed information about what is involved can be found by clicking on the link at the bottom of this section.

If you live in the parish (broadly speaking of Bush Hill Park), and you are seeking the baptism of a baby or young child, this usually  takes place on the first sunday of every month in our family service.

It is the tradition of the Church of England for older children and adults to be baptised and confirmed at the same time, following a short course of preparation. This service is conducted by the Bishop at certain times of the year (particularly at Easter), and is usually the point at which people receive Holy Communion for the first time. People who are already confirmed in another part of the Christian Church, and who wish formally to join the Church of England, are also received into the Church at this service.

If you have questions, or would like to take matters further, please contact us by e-mail:; by speaking to one of the clergy after a service;

Do not be afraid to ask, even if you are not a regular churchgoer, or feel that there are special circumstances which apply to you. We will do our best to help.