You are invited to sit where you like in the sanctuary, but we recommend that you sit closer to the front. If you wish to reserve seats for loved ones, let us know.
Baptism occur early in the service, before the children go out to Sunday School.
The minister, joined by the Clerk of Session and one of the baptised children of the congregation, will call you forward. The minister begins the baptism by reminding everyone of its meaning. Then, the parents (or baptisee if they are old enough) are asked to profess their faith by answering two simple questions led by the minister. The congregation then professes their support.
The minister will hold the child, gently pour water on their head in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, and then return the child to their parents.
We light a candle for each newly baptised person, as a sign of the light of Jesus that shines within each of us. You will also be handed a small hand-knitted baptism blanket, or ‘prayer blanket.’ It has been made by a member of the congregation, and brought forward in the congregation as part of our offerings.
The Clerk of Session will hand you the Certificate and a ‘keepsake’ box for the candle. While the congregation sings a hymn, you return to your seats. Check the Certificate and notify the Church Office immediately if any of the information is incorrect.