In the Church of Scotland, we practise adult baptism and infant baptism.
Adult baptism is for those who have not been baptised as infants but have come to faith in Christ and wish to become members of the church. They would then be baptised as part of their professing their faith and joining the church. If you might fall into this category, contact the Minister.
Infant baptism is administered to the children of believers. The children themselves are too young to understand what is going on, but their mum and/or dad bring them to be baptised, trusting that God will in course of time bring their child to trust in Jesus for themselves. The parent(s) profess their faith and make promises to bring the child up in the Christian faith. Those who seek baptism for their child need to be a member of the church or in the process of becoming a member. Baptism is for those who are within the family of the church. It is possible for a believing grandparent or other relative to bring a child for baptism but that person would need to undertake actually to bring the child up in the Christian faith. If you wish to discuss baptism for your child, please contact the Minister, who will be happy to chat things through with you.
For parents who feel they are unable to profess faith in Christ and commit themselves to the church, we offer a Thanksgiving and Blessing for the child. This involves no promises (and no water!) but is a special way of asking God to bless a child in the context of morning worship. Again, the minister will be happy to discuss this with you.
If you are wishing to be married and to have a Christian marriage service in the church or a hotel then please speak to the Minister. He will meet with both of you to discuss what Christian marriage is and to help prepare you for your marriage as well as to make the arrangements for the marriage service.
As well as conducting funeral services for deceased members of the congregation, the Minister also has a responsibility to conduct a service for those who are not members of a church and who resided in Lylesland parish if their family asks for a Christian funeral service. That would normally be arranged through the funeral undertakers. If you have been bereaved and would like the Minister to conduct the funeral then do ask the undertaker to contact him.