A Service of Thanksgiving & Dedication
When we talk of a “christening”, parents will have different ideas in what this means. For some parents a Christening is no more than a “naming ceremony” where we celebrate the birth of a child and officially give the child a name. Many Registrars in Scotland will now perform a Naming Ceremony. For many other parents, they consider their baby’s christening as a matter of “tradition”. They think that all babies should be christened in a Church by a Minister because generations of their family have all been “christened”.
When parents don’t attend a local church, often they still want to bring their children to Church for a special ceremony of “Thanksgiving & Dedication”. They desire that God would bless their new baby. Here at the High Kirk we are happy to offer this “Service of Thanksgiving”. The ceremony is celebrated after a morning worship service with family, friends and other invited guests. Parents are asked to make promises to love, care and and give thanks for their child. Godparents will also be asked to make similar promises, or you may choose not to have Godparents.
A Baptism Service
A “Service of Baptism” is available for parents who are members (or regular attenders) of the High Kirk. A baptism normally occurs during a Church Service at 10.30am. Parents will be asked to make promises, declaring their faith in Jesus Christ, and promising to attend church, pray, and read their Bibles regularly. They will also be asked to promise to commit themselves to their local Church by regularly attending and by bringing their children weekly to the Creche, Sunday Club & other children's activities. Godparents will also be asked to make promises to love, care, and pray for the child & parents.
For parents who are not regular attenders but have a sincere faith in Jesus Christ, and have a desire to attend church more faithfully, they will be asked to complete a 10-week introduction course looking at the Christian faith.
Contact the Minister to confirm what type of Service will be appropriate to your present circumstances.