A Baptism is an important event in the life of a family, and in the life of our Church family.
In the case of infant baptism the Church asks that at least one parent or other close family member is a member of the Church or willing to become a member. In the baptismal service the child’s parents or relatives profess their own faith and promise to give the child a Christian upbringing.
Baptism is not only for infants but can be something for adults - who have not been baptised before. In the case of adult baptism the person themself makes the appropriate promises.
Baptism is normally administered at Sunday worship in front of the congregation. This emphasises the nature of the sacrament as becoming part of the body of Christ and the life of the Church. In the case of emergencies, e.g. in a hospital situation, these arrangements can be more flexible.
One of the baptismal promises made by parents at the baptism of their child, or by adults at their own baptism, is to become part of the Church’s life. For children this would mean coming to the crèche, and later Sunday School as they grow up - accompanied by their parents or wider family.
The Thanksgiving and Blessing of a Child
Since 2003, the Church of Scotland has offered thanksgiving and blessing ceremonies for children.
The blessing ceremony takes place at morning worship following the same pattern as that for Baptism, except the wording and promises are different, and no water is used. Nothing is required of the parents in either commitment or belief. This is an option for parents if they are either not members of the Church, or wish for their child to make up his or her own mind about baptism later on in life.
The Minister is happy to discuss any of the above on an individual basis.