Baptism & Blessing
 

Baptism

God loves all children unconditionally. Jesus showed this love by reaching out to children and blessing them. At Lochwinnoch Parish Church we seek to share the love God has for all children with the children of our parish.

In Christian baptism your child is welcomed into the family of the Church. The Church seeks to love and follow God the Father, by following the example of Jesus Christ, through the Holy Spirit. And so in the service we use these important words. “I baptise you in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.”

We baptise

  • in the name of the Father ­ the Creator. Life is a gift of God and in God there is purpose and love
  • and of the Son - in Jesus of Nazareth we learn what it means to be truly human. In Jesus we see a love which affirms all human life, enjoys the diversity of human life and calls us all to share sensitively and generously with those who face major challenges
  • and of the Holy Spirit - all of life should be filled with the Holy Spirit: by the spirit of reconciliation and peace, the spirit of confidence, the spirit of the Christian community, the Spirit of Jesus.
     

Baptism takes place during normal Sunday worship, which is held at 11.00 am.

Who can be baptised? - Anyone! God loves us all, children, parents, grandparents – without condition, without exception. Baptism is an expression of this love and God’s forgiveness. In baptism we respond to God’s love and parents promise to bring their children up in the Christian faith. The members of Lochwinnoch Parish Church will promise to help parents to do this. To find out more, please contact the minister.

A Service of Blessing

Some parents prefer a Service of Blessing. The minster will also be happy to discuss this with you. In this service, we will join with you to celebrate your child’s uniqueness, symbolised by using their own name. We will stress the importance of family ties and we will include a special prayer for you and your baby. We also have an opportunity to thank God for the gift of new life, and for the safe arrival of your child.

Again, a service of blessing will take place during normal Sunday worship.