Unusual christening in Thame

THE sun shone down on a christening in a back garden in Thame recently.

Because of admin errors the Richard and Sue Homes family had to take the unusual step of holding a service for their six-month-old daughter, Evelyn, to welcome her to the church.

The family wanted to have the service at Fairford Leys Church in Aylesbury, but instead the service was done in the garden of her nana, Jane Homes on Aylesbury Road in Thame.

Reverend Fred Ireland explained what happened: "I look after the church at Fairford Leys and I have christened 250 children now and it's quite manic so I hire a couple of people that help me with administration and somewhere this family's booking has got lost between them.

"When I found out they were at the church waiting for me I was walking round the reservoir at Marsworth.

"So it was an admin mistake at our end, which meant that they were deprived of the christening.

"One option would have been to come back to the church later in the day, but they were at the grandma's house having food and drink so someone came to pick me up and have the christening in their back garden.

"When I got there they were all tucking into sandwiches.

"I didn't know what to expect because I think if it was me I would have been annoyed, but they were on good form and we held the service as normal, but in the back garden.

"It's the first time that I have ever done anything like that, but it was really special and there was a nice feel about it.

"These days we get asked to help with weddings in some unusual settings, but I hope it doesn't become a trend.

"There's nothing to stop it from happening, but churches like to have members of the congregation from the church there to welcome the person into the church."

Grandma Jane Home said: "I thought it was absolutely lovely to have it in my garden.

"Everybody had a wonderful day and said what a lovely christening because it was so different because it was in a garden."

She added: "When we were at the church we did begin to panic. First of all we thought we had got the date and time wrong because you're so busy organising things.

"So I suggested that we should go to mine and we could get it sorted from there."