Children are very much a part of the church and here we take seriously the responsibility to nurture and encourage them. They in turn make a unique and valuable contribution to the church's life. Consequently, we are delighted to welcome families into our midst!
From time to time we are approached by parents of newborn children who ask if it would be possible for their baby to be baptised. This page is provided to help parents understand a little more about the meaning of Christian Baptism and what is involved.
When parents bring their child for baptism they are standing on the threshold of a very important undertaking that will take them many years to fulfil. Throughout the course of a child's life he or she will need the care and support of devoted parents. A child has many needs and is utterly dependent upon its parents for both physical and emotional well-being. There is also the matter of education. A responsible parent will take very seriously the duty to teach and train a child and to instil a sense of right and wrong. Christian parents will work hard to ensure that their child grows up with a knowledge of God. All the while the object is to give a strong foundation upon which the child, having grown to a point of understanding, can build and so come to experience her/his own life of Faith and Discipleship.
We believe that it is essential for parents to have the strong support of a Christian church in order to fulfil the vows that they will be expected to make at the baptism of their child. Therefore, before we are able to agree to baptise your child we must see that you are prepared to take your place within this or another worshipping congregation.
For those who at this time do not feel able to make the promises that are involved we are able to offer an alternative way of celebrating your child's arrival into the world. Naturally, it is time of great excitement and therefore it is right to say thank you to God for the gift of your baby. The service of thanksgiving and dedication of parents is an appropriate way of offering thanks.
So that you can see what is involved in both services we have provided a link at the top of this page. Please take time to look and to consider, and if you feel that you would like to talk further please do not hesitate to contact the Minister. If you would like a leaflet explaining how we do things please telephone Mrs Stewart on 01253 736739. If you wish you can email your request. Go to Contacts page.
Whatever your circumstances we remain ready to help you to celebrate, give thanks, and commit yourself to the wonderful and sacred task of parenthood.
The Lord our God is one Lord. And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. And these words shall be written on your heart: and you shall teach them diligently to your children.