Sacrament of Baptism
Baptism is a sacred and special occasion, when the one baptised is welcomed into the Church community. Traditionally in the Church of Scotland, we are baptised at a young age – perhaps when just weeks or months old – but 21st century lifestyles have changed this pattern. For instance, most parents want their families and friends to attend the service, and it may be very difficult to find a date that suits everyone, and time marches on! These days it is not uncommon for the new baby and his or her older brother or sister to be baptised together.
Baptism however is not exclusively for children. It is open to anyone of any age, provided that they have not been previously baptised in another Church.
If you would like to consider Baptism for yourself or your child, the minister would normally want to talk to you about the vows you would be asked to take and what they mean. The vows cover topics such as your faith and your plans for being part of the Church’s life.
If you are reading this as a parent, you may also wish to look at the section entitled “Service of Blessing”.