Pastoral Services: Baptisms, Weddings, & Funerals
Whether you are wanting to have your child or yourself baptised, are interested in getting married, or require assistance in pre-planning your funeral or organising a funeral for a loved one, please contact the Parish Priest on 0437 937 433.
Here’s some information to get you started!
Baptism (also known as Christening: “being made like Christ”), is the initiation rite of the church. It is a ‘once for all’ event in a person’s life, where the Church welcomes a person into the universal family of God: the Christian church. Most denominations recognize a person’s baptism as a sign of their membership of the Christian faith, regardless of where it occurred.
In baptism God (through the Holy Spirit) makes a person a new creation. In spiritual terms, he or she is “born again” into the resurrected life of Christ, and the promises of God are visibly signed and sealed for them in their life.
Baptism services at St.Luke’s encourage participation by the parents and godparents. Baptisms usually take place during the Sunday morning service, when God’s family is gathered to join in your celebration. If for any reason this is not possible, a private baptism service can be organized by the Parish Priest.
St Luke’s is a heritage listed church, with beautiful stained glass windows. It is close to several venues suitable for photographs and receptions, as well as being an easy drive from Melbourne. The church seats around 100 people and has a fine chamber organ, however other music is permitted after consultation with the Parish Priest.
The Parish also includes Christ Church, Molesworth, which is a pretty church in a picturesque rural setting. Christ Church seats 60 people. Please note there is no electricity or toilet facilities at Christ Church.
Weddings in the churches must be celebrated by the Parish Priest, or another approved Anglican minister. The church may only be used for services authorised by the Anglican Church of Australia and cannot be ‘hired out’ to other denominations or civil celebrants.
Weddings may be held on any day of the week, with Saturday being the most popular day. The Parish Priest will meet with you to complete the required government forms and to plan your wedding service. Weddings in the Parish are not stuffy or old-fashioned. There is lots of scope to tailor the service to ensure it is a wonderful celebration of your love and commitment.
Funerals at St Luke’s follow the rites proscribed by the Anglican Church of Australia, and are celebrated by the Parish Priest. If you wish to inquire about preparing instructions for your own future funeral, or to discuss arrangements for someone who has recently died, please contact the Parish Priest, or ask your Funeral Director to contact the Parish on your behalf.