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Disciples Sharing God’s light in our Community

The Church of Scotland operates on a geographical basis, offering the services of religion to all who reside in a particular parish regardless of church membership or commitment. The services of the minister are free to all who live in the parish or to church members resident elsewhere. It may also be possible to arrange services for people with family connections, but please note that the minister does not perform “non-religious” services. If you wish to enquire about any of the following services of the church please go to our Contacts page and make your enquiry.

Christenings

We offer two types of Christening event in the Church of Scotland.

First, Blessing which is for anyone who wishes to bring their children to church, offer thanks and seek God’s blessing. There is no requirement to join the church or to attend regularly, but we’d love it if you did.

Second, Baptism which is for the children of members and baptised parents intending to be members. Adults who have not been previously baptised may also seek this sacrament. Baptism involves making promises to follow the Christian faith and be a regular worshipper at church, there is the sprinkling of water as a sign of joining to Christ’s baptism and a new beginning.

You can download a leaflet explaining this in more detail here.

Weddings

Anyone resident in the parish is entitled to request a wedding service from the church and the minister will be happy to discuss with you how we can help you celebrate your special day.

The minister is happy to officiate at your wedding in church or other appropriate venue (within reason!) and will meet with you to discuss all the details.

There is no requirement to be a member of the church, but it is worth remembering that it will be a Christian service and your marriage will be before God.

There is no restriction on widowed or divorced people remarrying in the Church of Scotland. In May 2017 the Church began to look at the possibility for same-sex marriage.

Funerals

Anyone resident in the parish or members resident elsewhere may ask the minister to conduct a funeral for a loved one.

The minister will meet you before the service to discuss your requirements for the service and is available to talk about whatever you need to talk about.

Funerals are arranged with the undertaker, but it is important to consult the minister about his and the church availability(if required).

Please note that there is no right or wrong way to “do a funeral” - everyone has traditions that mean something to them. The minister will help you to decide what is right for you and choose hymns and readings.

The minister is also available after the funeral when you want to talk.