“Go therefore to all nations and make them my disciples; baptise them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.…” Matthew 28: 19
The celebration of baptism is an important event for everyone involved in the Church. Baptism is always part of a Sunday Service in the Church of Scotland (unless there are exceptional circumstances).The Church of Scotland celebrates infant baptism as well as adult baptism.
Baptism is an outward sign of a spiritual reality, which means that when baptism happens, we celebrate God’s love and goodness.
As the Church is the Family of God, the gift of baptism is open to all who believe in Christ. Baptism is not just a pleasant ceremony and a family get together. Neither is it an insurance policy or “getting the wean” done and to keep the grandparents happy. Baptism is about joining and being part of the Church, and a sign that God accepts us exactly as we are, and encourages us to try to live by Christ’s teaching each day of our lives.
Baptism is a Sacrament of the Church and should not be undertaken lightly. The promises you make as a parent bringing your child, or coming yourself to be baptised, are made before God in Church. We believe that it is Jesus who baptises and it is a free gift of God. That is why the vows that are made after the baptism and not before. We commit ourselves as a result of God’s love for us.
Do you confess your faith in God, whom we call Father, Son and Holy Spirit?
Do you promise, with God’s help, to love and serve God and continue to be a part of the family of the Church for the rest of your life?
We expect you to take the baptism seriously and attend the services before the baptism. Obviously there would be no point in saying you would like to become involved in the Church if you then find out that you are not happy here.
If neither parent is a member of the Church we will also encourage one, and preferably both, to consider your commitments to Church and consider becoming members, although this is not a prerequisite for the baptism. Enquirers’ evenings are held for those thinking about what it means to be a Christian and to be a part of God’s Family.
The Minister and Kirk Session want to help you as much as we can, and we offer baptism because we believe it is very important and expect you to take this seriously.
On the day of the Baptism, the Sacrament is celebrated after the sermon. All children are welcome to attend the Junior Church and we want everyone to be happy and relaxed, so please don’t feel that you have to have your child with you in the Church throughout the whole service. But remember that you are far more aware of the noise your child is making than anyone else!
At the appropriate point the Minister will invite you and your family to stand facing the congregation on the Chancel and the Baptism will be celebrated. After the baptism, the congregation sings the Blessing and the Minister walks around the church to show the congregation its newest member. This is called “kirking” the baby and is an old tradition. The vows are then made.
The Church of Scotland has no ‘official’ role for godparents, but we recognise the symbolic importance of godparents to many families and invite the godparents to come forward to be with the family during the baptism.
If appropriate they are asked:
Will you care for ……as their godparents and will you support……and…….as they bring……up in the Christian faith?
A Bible gifted by The Guild, a Certificate and a Candle, signifying that Jesus is the Light of the World is given to the family, with our blessing.
We ask that NO photographs be taken during the actual service. However, once the service is over you are welcome to come forward again to take photos at the front of the church.
For further information or to speak to the Minister about Baptism please contact us.