If your home lies within the parish, we would love to have the opportunity to
welcome you and your family to St Luke’s. Children are a real blessing and are a very important part of the life of the church here in Morton.
The Church of England has two services for parents wishing to mark the birth of children and we are happy to offer whichever seems to be appropriate and best for you.
A Service of Thanksgiving for the Gift of a Child
This service is just what it says. It is an opportunity to call together family and friends to give thanks to God and celebrate the arrival of your new baby. The service includes prayers to ask for God’s blessing for your child and your family and you can invite friends and family to play a special part in your child's life.
Baptism (also known as Christening)
Children can be baptised at any age. Traditionally babies used to be baptised when they were between 6 weeks and 6 months old. But these days it's very common for parents to leave it a few months, or even a few years.
The Baptism service paints a vivid picture of the Christian life and is a sign of the choice to follow Jesus. The water reminds us of God's promise to cleanse and refresh us; the signing with the cross reminds us that we belong to Christ; the promises speak of a choice to turn away from selfishness and instead turn towards Jesus; and the lighted candle is symbolic of the light of Christ conquering the darkness.
At a child's baptism, parents and godparents promise to ‘draw them by example into the community of faith', and to ‘help them take their place within the life and worship of Christ's church'. We encourage you to come and belong to the church at St Luke's so that your child grows up as part of our church family, knowing the stories of the Bible and knowing Jesus as their friend and saviour.
Thanksgivings and Baptisms can take place as part of the regular Sunday Service at 9.30am, or as part of Tonic at 11.15am, or on a separate occasion at 1pm or 2pm. Why not come along to one of our services to get a feel for the church and to work out what will suit you and your family best. Talk to one of the clergy and they will be very happy to help you.
P.S. It's not just children who are baptised. Adults of any age can also be baptised, though in their case we normally encourage them to be confirmed as well. Speak to one of the clergy to find out more!