A Baptism (sometimes known as christening) is an important event in the life of a family, and in the life of the Church family too.
Baptism is one of the two sacraments recognised by the Church of Scotland, the other being the Sacrament of the Lord's Supper. The gift of Baptism implies growth and grace and therefore, in the case of the Baptism of a child, parents or guardians are asked to give a clear commitment to raise their child in the Christian faith, within the life and worship of the Church. In the case of infant baptism the Church expects at least one parent or other close family member either to be a member of the Church or willing to become a member so that the vows taken, promises made, may be followed through.
Baptism is not only for infants but can be something for adults too - who have not been baptised before. In the case of adult baptism the person himself or herself makes the appropriate promises.
Baptisms normally take place at Sunday worship with the congregation present. This emphasises the nature of the sacrament as becoming part of the body of Christ and the life of the Church.
Amongst the promises made by parents at the baptism of their child, and by adults at their baptism, is to become part of the Church's life - and for children this would mean coming to worship with their parents, and as they grow, being part of Sunday School.
The congregation too has a responsibility at a baptism. Members also promise to guide and nurture the family, being there to support and encourage them. The congregation will also sing a blessing for the child during the service. The importance of becoming part of the church family is paramount in this sacrament.
Baptism, if it is to mean anything at all, should be seen as the beginning of a journey for your child.
SERVICE OF BLESSING AND THANKSGIVING
Since 2003, the Church has provided orders for the thanksgiving for, and blessing of, a child. If you do not feel that Baptism or Church membership is right for your family at present, you may wish to consider a Service of Blessing and Thanksgiving for your child. This would take place at morning worship following the same pattern as that for Baptism, except the wording and promises are different, and no water is used.
Please contact Donna the minister if you wish to discuss either of these.