Lifeboat Christening for Baby SarahTWO Tynemouth RNLI crew members carried on a long tradition of having their baby christened on board their lifeboat today.
When volunteer crew members Chris Reay and Emma Coleman’s new baby Sarah arrived there was only one place to hold the ceremony – on board the station’s Severn class all weather lifeboat Spirit of Northumberland.
In a moving service Reverend Peter Dodd christened Sarah Judith Reay in front of the couple’s family, friends and fellow lifeboat crew members, braving strong winds and rain.
The tradition of christening ‘lifeboat children’ aboard RNLI lifeboats goes back over two hundred years and is said to bring luck to the child. The christening font normally found in a church ceremony is replaced by the upturned brass ship’s bell from the lifeboat.
Lifeboat Christening for Baby SarahDad Chris, 42, met Sarah’s mum Emma, 29, a music teacher, when they both joined the RNLI as volunteer crewmembers three years ago.
Chris, who runs a catering business, said: ‘The weather was a bit miserable but we didn’t let it stop us carrying on the fine tradition of having Sarah’s Christening on board the lifeboat.
‘Maybe she’ll become a volunteer with the RNLI herself.’
Lifeboat Christening for Baby Sarahhttp://www.tynemouth-lifeboat.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/AD260114LIFEBOATCHRISTENING002800px.jpghttp://www.tynemouth-lifeboat.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/AD260114LIFEBOATCHRISTENING002800px-300x300.jpgTynemouth RNLINewscrew,news,Tynemouth RNLITWO Tynemouth RNLI crew members carried on a long tradition of having their baby christened on board their lifeboat today. When volunteer crew members Chris Reay and Emma Coleman's new baby Sarah arrived there was only one place to hold the ceremony - on board the station's Severn class all...The RNLI is the charity that saves lives at sea