Alfie Christening - 24th February 2013

28th February 2013
24th February 2013 saw the beautiful christening of Alfie Mark Lockyer at St Mary's Church, Stone.
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This is a small village church, located a very short distance from Bluewater - but looking at it and its surroundings you would not realise you were so close to a very busy area of Kent.

photo from church website


St Marys Church, is nicknamed 'Little Westminster' and is said to be one of the finest churches in Kent. It has stood in Stone since the 13th Century and has become a regular worshipping place of the Christian community. It also is known as the "Lantern of Kent" as it stands on top of a hill overlooking the Thames, and it was a sign to sailors returning home and a safe place. It is visible from the QE II bridge.

The mystery around who paid and built the church still remains, but it has been deemed unlikely that anyone in the parish could have afforded materials & craftsmen to produce a fine example of a building. The most likely explanation is that pilgrims in 1170 who were passing along Watling Street, which is very close by, provided the starting force of the Church. Work wise, it has been compared to Westminster Abbey and they believe that it may have been the same stone masons that built the Abbey.

The ceremony was led by The Rector, Revd. Kenneth Clark. As it was a small, family gathering - no seats were taken, but stood around the font which made it feel that slightly bit more special. Alfie - who is 5 months, was such a good little boy throughout the whole ceremony and didn't even mind having the warm water from the font being poured onto his head (Affusion) using the metal shaped sea shell.

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After this, Alfie was given his own copy of the bible, and a lit candle to carry on his path. He was also given a shoe which quoted his birth date and his christening date, and this was hung up on the tree in the children's area by one his godparents.

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Links:
Alfie Christening set on Flickr
Christening Portfolio
St Mary's Church, Stone

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