Baptism is one of the two sacraments recognised by the Church of Scotland, the other being the Sacrament of Holy Communion. In the case of infant baptism, or baptism of young children, parents and godparents profess their own faith and promise to give the child a Christian upbringing.
In the case of adult baptism the person himself or herself makes the appropriate promises. Baptism is normally administered at Sunday worship. This emphasises the nature of the sacrament as being welcomed into the body of Christ - the congregation - and the life of the Church.
Blessing of a Child
Since 2003, the Church of Scotland has provided a service of thanksgiving for, and blessing of, a child. The blessing ceremony takes place at morning worship following the same pattern as that for Baptism, except the wording and promises are different, and no water is used.
All that is required of the parents is a sincere wish to acknowledge God's presence in their family.
We are happy to hear from couples from our parish who wish to get married in our church, and do all we can to ensure that each wedding ceremony is a happy and memorable event.
The following information may be of help if you are preparing for the big day!
We do not insist that those being married are church members – simply that you are able to affirm a belief in God, and the importance of living our lives in a way that pleases Him. These are affirmed within a Christian wedding service.
Please contact the minister directly to arrange a mutually suitable date for your wedding (avoiding holidays and other bookings). He will discuss legal requirements and take some details from you.
The most important thing is to obtain your Marriage Schedule. Without it there can be no ceremony. It is your responsibility to arrange this through your local Registrar of Births, Marriages and Deaths at least 6 weeks before your wedding date.
Further information can be obtained at:
The minister will discuss the content of the ceremony with you nearer the time and you should feel free to ask any questions and make suggestions.
Please Note: Currently, it is not possible for ministers in the Church of Scotland to officiate at the wedding of couples in a same-sex relationship.