Five generations unite for one-of-a-kind baptism

Revd Jane McKelvey had the pleasure of baptising six-month old Lilia Annabelle Preston at St Mark’s Church in Childwall – in the presence of five generations of the family, including Jane herself!

Revd Jane McKelvey had the pleasure of baptising six-month old Lilia Annabelle Preston at St Mark’s Church in Childwall – in the presence of five generations of the family, including Jane herself!

Revd Jane McKelvey is Lilia’s Great Grandmother – but also in attendance were Lilia’s 87-year-old Great, Great, Grandmother Mrs Lillian Hudson (Revd Jane’s mother), Lillia’s Grandmother Cheryl Lewers (Revd Jane’s daughter) and Lewis Preston (Revd Jane’s grandson, and Lilia’s father).

Revd McKelvey was ordained in 1991 and has been Team Vicar at St. Mark's Childwall Valley for 12 years. Jane has three children, five grandchildren - and now one great grandchild – and this was the first time that she had baptised anyone in her own family.

Revd McKelvey said, “It is a great joy and privilege for me to baptise anyone, but a very special joy to have baptised Lilia. My grandson Lewis and his wife Rhia are committed members of St. Mark's and attend every Sunday, as do the rest of the family.”

The whole family have strong roots in South Liverpool. Lilia’s Great, Great, Grandmother Lily Hudson has lived in Knotty Ash for more than 63 years and worked in a variety of shops around the area, and Grandmother Cheryl, a dental nurse, has also lived in Knotty Ash all her life. Lilia’s father Lewis, a Joiner, though now living in Maghull, still attends St Mark’s Church in Childwall.

Revd McKelvey added: “Lilia’s baptism was a real celebration for both my own family and the church family, and to have it on Father’s Day was even more fitting!”