The Church is always open to engaging with people
at significant moments on life’s journey and of course at other times too!
Baptism is a sacrament and a sign of being welcomed into the life of the whole church. Baptism can be received at any stage in life but in the Church of Scotland most typically happens when parents bring their new child for baptism. Baptism places a commitment upon parents to raise their child in the life and fellowship of the church.
The Blessing of a Child is also a sign of being welcomed into the life of the whole church but is not a sacrament and therefore does not carry the same commitment to raise a child in the life and fellowship of the church. Blessing is understood by some as a stepping stone toward Baptism but does not have to be so.
Weddings can be conducted by the Minister at almost any location (within reason!) The church is the most obvious place to conduct a religious service but many wedding ceremonies are now held entirely in the hotel setting. The Minister is always willing to discuss these options. Even though the Minister must conduct a religious ceremony all legal aspects of entering into marriage must still be fulfilled.
Funerals are frequently conducted by the Minister where the comfort of God’s promises and the hope of eternal life through Christ can set a very helpful context when marking the end of a loved one’s life. The services of a Minister at a funeral service are normally arranged through a Funeral Director. There is no requirement to be part of the life of the Church in order to ask the Minister to conduct a funeral service.
If you want to know more about how the church can support you during these Life Events you are welcome to make contact using the email contacts on the page footer.