24 Mar @ 10am
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Children and families all join together for the first part of our all-age worship at 10am. Parents/carers can then take under 3s to the coffee lounge where our creche includes some short stories from the bible, whilst children aged 3 and over are meeting in the Queen Margaret Hall for an interactive time of learning through stories, crafts, activities and more. Everyone is then invited to come back into church for the end of the service, where we share a little of what we've been learning. Coffee, juice and biscuits are available after the service.
24 Mar @ 10am
All-Age Service 2019
Theme: 'The Church Grows: As Converts Commissioned' led by Rev Ann Inglis.
Our lively worship service for people of all ages. Activities for pre-school and primary school children - Sundays@10 - get underway part way through the service in the Queen Margaret Hall, and a crèche is available in the coffee lounge from around 10.15am.
24 Mar @ 11:30am
Morning Service 2019
Theme: 'Morning Worship' led by Rev Bob Gemmell.
Our more traditional morning service of worship.
25 Mar @ 7:30pm
Cantilena Choir Concert
25 Mar @ 7:30pm
Concert: Cantilena Choir
28 Mar @ 9:30am
Informal, reflective service based on Celtic liturgy, followed by tea/coffee.
Baptism, Thanksgiving & Blessings
Within the Church of Scotland a number of special services are available to celebrate the days of new beginnings on our faith journey. As has been the practice from the early days of the Christian church a service of baptism is offered at which either an individual or parents of younger children publically affirm the faith they or their children are to be baptised into. Thereafter, before the gathered congregation, the Minister will baptise with water and then welcome the individual into the life of the congregation. In the life of our congregation we follow the practice and tradition of the Church of Scotland in that, where it is a child who is being baptised, at least one of the parents must be a member of the church. In recent years the Church of Scotland has introduced an option for one of the child’s grandparents to take the appropriate vows and promises on behalf of their grandchild.
We also follow the custom within the church that when it is an individual requesting baptism they can be baptised with either a little water either poured or sprinkled or through full immersion. In recent years such services have been held down at the harbour in South Queensferry and at the local swimming pool.
Should it be that neither of the parents are members nor have a desire to come into membership of the church an alternative service is offered called a ‘Thanksgiving and Blessing’ ceremony. In this special celebration of the life of a child, the family gather during one of our Sunday morning services and a special prayer of thanksgiving is offered for the child followed by a blessing. Through this service the family are able to express to God their thanks and wonder at the gift of a new life and receive God’s blessing upon them. No vows or promises need be made by the parents, and should it be that at a later date they or their family wish to develop their faith journey by becoming part of the church family then baptism would be an option then.
The way to discover which of these options would best suit you or your family is to contact the minister and he will be more than happy to come and meet with you to explore the best way ahead.