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.
Holy Baptism (also known as Christening)
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 Family Service at 11am or at 12.30pm. Why not come along to our Family Service at 11am to get a feel for the church and to meet others.