Baptism and Confirmation
Baptism in the Scots Kirk is administered according to the custom of the Church of Scotland. However, we recognize those already baptized in other christian traditions as fellow members of the "one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church".
Baptism is normally administered in church during public worship, after consultation with the minister. In the case of infants and young children the parents take vows of Christian belief on behalf of their children. Older people take vows of belief themselves. While the Church of Scotland advocates infant Baptism, the Scots Kirk also offers a ceremony of dedication for families who may prefer this.
The Scots Kirk also offers Confirmation to those who have reached an age when they can take vows on their own behalf and make public profession of faith. This is the normal step for those who have not previously been a member of another church.
Weddings at The Scots Kirk
The Scots Kirk welcomes you to church for the blessing of your marriage. Contact the minister if you would like to find out more about having a church wedding to follow the civil act of marriage.
The Sacrament of Baptism at The Scots Kirk
There is no fixed age at which it is considered appropriate for young people to be ready to take vows for themselves. The minister will be happy to discuss the implications of the vows and any other aspect of Baptism and dedication on request.
The Baptismal Vows
Those presenting their child for baptism are asked to answer two questions.
1. In presenting your child for Baptism, do you desire that (s)he may be grafted into Christ as a member of his body the Church, and do you receive the teaching of the Christian faith as it is laid down in the Creeds and statements of this Church? (Answer: "I do").
2. And do you promise, depending on the grace of God, to teach your child the truths and duties of the Christian faith; and by prayer and example to bring him/her up in the life and worship of the Church? (Answer: "I do").
The congregation is then asked to take its own vow. Those present are asked to welcome your child into the fellowship of the Church, and to provide a good example of Christian living for all God's children to follow. Often in response to the congregational promise we say together: "We will nurture one another in faith, uphold one another in prayer, encourage one another in service."