When infants are baptised in St. Thomas’s they are presented with a colourful Bible and a teddy, in addition to a card and baptism certificate.
The teddies – pink for girls, and blue for boys! – are knitted by a member of the church, and are used as a means of keeping in touch with the children and their families following the baptism.
Periodically we hold a “Teddy Bears’ Picnic” and those on the Cradle Roll, as well as the younger members of Junior Church, are invited to bring their teddies along for an afternoon of fun. Such a “Fun Afternoon/Teddy Bears’ Picnic” was arranged to be held in a local park at the end of August, but due to a very showery morning, we met in the church. After an activity time in the hall, we had our picnic which included teddy crisps, teddy biscuits and teddy cakes!