Becoming a Member of the Church
Adults enter membership of the Church through a special service called Confirmation in which they make promises. If they have not already been baptised they will also have to be baptised first and this is usually done at the same service.
An adult baptism is still done in the church and does not involve a swimming pool! You are baptised in the same way as children with the minister making the sign of the cross on your forehead with water from the font. As adults have to understand what is going on, they are required to come to membership classes to find out about the church and the Christian life we share. These are not difficult classes, though they may promote some thinking and soul-searching. You are not committed to anything until you make your promises which we hope you will still want to do at the end of the course.
These are the promises you make at your confirmation service. The minister will speak these directly to you:
“Believing in one God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, and confessing Jesus Christ as your saviour and Lord, do you promise to join regularly with your fellow Christians in worship on the Lord’s Day?”
“Do you promise to be faithful in reading the Bible and in prayer?”
“Do you promise to give a fitting proportion of your time, talents and money for the Church’s work in the world?”
“Do you promise, depending on the grace of God, to profess publicly your loyalty to Jesus Christ, to serve him in your daily work and to walk in his ways all the days of your life?”
If you are interested in becoming a member of the Church of Scotland please phone the minister, Rev Alison Jaffrey (01651 872250).