Presenting your child for Baptism

It is great that you are thinking of Baptism for yourself or your child.  Baptism is one of the two sacraments of the Church (the other being Holy Communion).   The minister will be delighted to speak with you about this, but here are a few things to consider:

The gift of Baptism implies growth and grace and therefore, in the case of the Baptism of a child, parents or guardians are asked to give a clear commitment to raise their child in the Christian faith, within the life and worship of the Church.

This obviously requires belief and faith on the part of at least one of the parents. Being part of the Church family is the best place to start and if you are not a member of our congregation we look forward to welcoming you. We would be looking for at least one parent to be worshipping with us for a time before discussing a baptism.  Our prayer is that you and your family would feel at home with us and become part of our church family

There is always a welcome at the North Church and we have a number of services and other weekly activities to cater for different needs, preferences and ages. You can find out more about us by browsing this website.

Baptism in the Church of Scotland

Baptism is not a private family event but a church family event. The Church of Scotland sets out rules about whom a minister can baptise. 

A child can be baptised if one or both parents have themselves been baptised and are members of the Church or who intend to become members of the congregation (currently attending our church and happy to enroll in the next available membership preparation or Christian education meetings - usually twice per year);

OR

One or both parents are recognised as adherents of the congregation in regular attendance;

OR

In certain circumstances ministers can also Baptise children when another close family member is a member of the Church and is able to take the vows of baptism on behalf of the parents.

(This would be relevant and valid only where the child to be baptised lives in close proximity to the other family member who can shepherd them in the faith and keep the vows about them being brought-up within the life and witness of the Church in due course, meaning in practical terms that both the relative and the child both live in Perth and are able to attend church together)

NONE OF THE ABOVE?

Maybe you don't live in Perth now but your family is connected with our congregation.  If you attend another church somewhere else, we suggest that you speak to your minister or pastor first.  If they are happy, our minister would be delighted to conduct the baptism of your child here at Perth North Church.  Give us the details of your home church and we'll get in touch with them.

The Minister would be happy to discuss any of the above with any parent or guardian wishing baptism for their children. For a Church of Scotland perspective on Baptism please visit the Church of Scotland website.

The beginning of a journey

Baptism, if it is to mean anything at all, should be seen as the beginning of a journey for your child. Baptism shouldn't be considered just because "grandparents say it's the thing to do", nor for any superstitious reason.

In asking for Baptism parents are making a positive statement, saying "We believe in Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour and we want to dedicate our child to him and promise to bring him / her up within the active life of Christ's Church on earth, represented by the local church”.

We at the North Church offer you our friendship and support and look forward to seeing you regularly.


If you have not yourself accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour of your life  then speak to one of our ministry team.  Meantime, you will find good information by clicking on the following link:

http://www.whoisjesus-really.com

          

Baptism - Adult or Believers

"Should I be baptised as a teenager or adult?"  That depends on your relationship with Jesus Christ.    

Jesus made it clear that his disciples (or followers) should be baptised (Matthew 28:19,20). In the same way that Jesus died and rose again so, by being baptised, we show that we have died to sin and now live a new life in the power of the Holy Spirit (see Romans 6:4).  Baptism is certainly an outward sign or symbol of what God is doing within your life - but is a whole lot more!

Baptism is also a way of announcing publicly that you are a Christian and that you want to wholeheartedly follow Jesus as Lord.  There are many clear examples in the Bible to show that this was how people were admitted into fellowship in the early church (see Acts 8:34-39).   In Acts 2:41 we read that 3,000 people were baptised after believing on the first day of the Christian church. Verses 38 and 39 make it clear that  people who accept Christ as their saviour will come to be baptised.

"So, why should I be baptised?"    Well, the Bible gives a number of reasons to be baptised:

Acts 2:38 - Ties repentance and baptism together.

Romans 6:1-7 pictures baptism with the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus. In the same way that He went through these things, so our in baptism  we die to sin and are raised to “walk in newness of life” (live like Jesus).

Galatians 3:27 tells us that we “put on Christ” when we are baptised.

"So should I be baptised?"  If you are a Christian and you have not yet been baptised, then 'yes'.  Note, however, that the Church believes in 'one baptism' so if you were baptised as a child you don't need to be baptised again as an adult.

At Perth North Church we are delighted baptise Christians of any age.  We would obvious assume that you are already part of our fellowship.  If not ,then talk to your own minister or pastor - or come and join us!  As well as our font (for the sprinkling of water - or 'aspersion') we have a portable baptismal pool for full immersion.  Baptism can take place at any of our Sunday services - 9:30am, 11:00am or 6:30pm.

If you wish to discuss baptism for yourself as a teen or adult, speak to the minister in church or contact him via the church office.

If Baptism is not yet right:

If you do not think Baptism or Church membership is right for your family at present, you may wish to consider a service of blessing and thanksgiving for your child. This can be an excellent celebration of your happiness at the gift of a child while leaving the matter of baptism to a time when you think it right - we baptize children and adults of any age!  The minister would be happy to discuss an act of Thanksgiving and Blessing with you.

The baptism service

Here is what to expect during the service - which will be part of our Sunday worship:
- Our Baptisms Coordinator will assist you leading up to and on the day of the service. 

- One parent with the child, and perhaps a friend, will be cared-for in our church hall unless you wish to sit in church. 
- The other parent should join other members of the family and friends in church for the entire service. 
- At the time allocated for the Baptism the child and parent will be brought into church to join the others. 
- Following an introduction to the Sacrament of Baptism by the minister you and any God Parents will be invited to bring your child to the font. Other children within your family are welcome to come closer also. 
- In presenting your child for Baptism you accept the responsibility of nurturing your child in the Christian faith and so you will be asked to respond positively ("I do") to these two questions:
"Do you believe in God almighty, Father Son and Holy Spirit and do you acknowledge Jesus Christ to be your Saviour and Master?"
and
"Do you promise, depending on the grace of God, to teach your child the truths and duties of the Christian faith; and by prayer and example to bring him/her up in the life and worship of the Church"
- Your child will be Baptised in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit as Jesus himself instructed.
- At this point the congregation will normally sing the Aaronic Blessing, an ancient blessing from the Old Testament, Numbers ch.6
- A certificate of Baptism and a gift of flowers will be presented following the Sacrament.
- This part of the service is ended and you will be asked to return to your seats.

Photography & video

As your child's baptism is an integral part of a service of worship please advise your family and friends that no photography is permitted during the service. There will, however, be the opportunity to take photographs at the font following the service and you are welcome to do this.

As this is a service of worship, intrusive or distracting video recording is not appropriate.
There may be the opportunity for a video to be taken from an appropriate part of the church (e.g. the gallery) if this does not disturb other members of the congregation and the person filming remains in the same position throughout the service.
You should speak to the minister about this prior to the date of Baptism.

Our Contact Details

We are a congregation of the Church of Scotland, if you'd like to know more please get in touch with us.

Address: Perth North Church, Mill Street / 209 High Street, Perth, Scotland, PH1 5PB
Telephone: 01738 622298
Email: info@perthnorthchurch.org.uk

Opening Hours: Monday - Friday 10.00am - 12.00 noon

Scottish Charity No. SC013014

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