First, we invite the family to sit where they choose, but recommend closer to the front. If you wish to reserve seats for loved ones, let us know.
The Baptism ceremony occurs 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. 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. For the sake of the child, you are encouraged to take advantage of the Nursery facilities provided. Check the Certificate and notify the Church Office immediately if any of the information is incorrect.