Baptisms & Blessings
Both believers and their children are included in God's covenant love.
Baptism is a sign that the person belongs to God and with the people of God. It is about becoming a member of a new faith community. Baptism is a sign and seal of grace and faith. Children of believers are to be baptised without undue delay, but without undue haste. Baptism, therefore, usually occurs during infancy, though a person may be baptised at any age. Parents bring their baby to church, where they publicly declare their desire that he or she be baptised.
Many people wonder why ministers seem welcoming about doing weddings, but are more hesitant when it comes to a “christening”. This is because you as parents or as an individual are required to make a real commitment about your faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, in order to follow this through. (This is different from a wedding, when although in the presence of God, the vows are directly to each other, in a special service arranged for the two of you.)
The Sacrament of Baptism is part of the worship of the whole congregation, and is one of two sacraments in the Church of Scotland (the other being The Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper, known also as Communion). Both of these involve a deeper understanding of what it is to be part of the Church. If you do wish to discuss this more, please feel very welcome to contact the minister directly.
the faithfulness of God
the washing away of sin
putting on the fresh garment of Christ
being sealed by God's Spirit
adoption into the covenant family of the Church
resurrection and illumination in Christ
Unlike some denominations, Presbyterians do not require a person to be entirely immersed in water during baptism. Baptism is received only once. Its effect is not tied to the moment when it is administered, for it signifies the beginning of life in Christ, not its completion. The Church of Scotland believes that persons of other denominations are part of one body of Christian believers; therefore, it recognises and accepts baptisms by other Christian churches.
Responsibilities of the Congregation
Witnessing and confirming the parents making their vows, the congregation has certain responsibilities placed on them, as well.