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St Andrew's Parish Church    Park Circus    Ayr    KA7 2DL
© 2015 St Andrews Parish Ayr - All rights reserved. Registered as a Scottish Charity SCO01757

St Andrew's Parish Church    Park Circus     Ayr    KA7 2DL
© 2015 St Andrews Parish Ayr - All rights reserved. Registered as a Scottish Charity SCO01757

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Baptism

God loves a child unconditionally. We see this in how Jesus stressed the importance of children, and how he obviously enjoyed their presence. We in St Andrew’s Parish Church seek to have in our life together the same spirit of love and welcome for your family. In Christian baptism your child is welcomed into the fellowship of the Church. The Church seeks to know, love, serve and follow God the Father, in the way 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 we are not left alone in a meaningless universe. In God there is purpose and love.

In the Jesus of Nazareth we see what it means to be truly human. In Jesus we see a love which affirms men and women, enjoys the diversity of human life, and calls upon to share sensitively and generously with those who face major challenges.

We baptise in the name of the Holy Spirit. All of life should be permeated by the Holy Spirit: by the spirit of reconciliation and peace, the spirit of confidence, the spirit of the Christian community, the Spirit of Jesus.

Service of Dedication

It may be that you feel a Baptism and associated vows are not what you feel are appropriate at this time, for a variety of reasons.  Therefore a Dedication Service might be a good option for you and your family.  When a child or adult is dedicated to God, there will be a time of prayer and asking God's blessing on you or your child.  There are no vows to be made or taken, simply a coming and seeking God's blessing as we commit you or your child to God.  When a child or adult is baptised there is water involved, but with a dedication service there is no water, just as there is no vows.

To discuss the options of a baptism or a dedication further, please contact our Minister at St Andrew’s Church, Rev Morag Garrett on 01292 261472.  Morag will be delighted to help answer any questions with regard to your enquiry about a baptism service.

Weddings

Christian marriage seeks to affirm the worth of you as individuals and as a couple. Words of love and commitment will fill the service. We hope our services are joyous occasions. Whilst we are more than happy to help you in putting your own personalised service together, perhaps by including friends and musicians, a church service is a Christian service within the love of God.

Weddings need to be given much thought and we will seek to guide you through the legal, practical and worship aspects of the day. As a marriage has legal standing you will need to make separate contact with the Registrar's Office to obtain a Marriage Schedule.

Bereavement

St Andrew's parish Church and our minister Rev Morag Garrett is always there to be with people through the time of bereavement. Our availability is not dependent upon whether your family has a church affiliation or not.

Death marks the close of an earthly life, and the funeral is an opportunity for friends and family to gather together to share their memories and all the complex feelings that attend the death of someone who has been a central part of their lives. The practical arrangements for a funeral are made in conjunction with the Funeral Director.

You may wish to have the funeral in the church, followed by a burial. A service in the church might be expected to last for about 25-30 minutes. During the service the minister will bring the person to mind in the way you would wish, all the while reminding us all of the deep love of God that stays with us even through death. The Church of Scotland makes no charge for the service of a minister, nor for the church. The church officer and organist are paid a fee directly through the funeral director.

Our minister is there afterwards to support, comfort and link together both grief and hope. The minister will arrange to visit you soon after the funeral if you will be in the area. The minister and the church community continue to be concerned for you in the days, weeks and months or years following your bereavement. If your experience of bereavement has raised any questions of faith, or if you need ongoing support, please do not hesitate to contact the minister at any time. You will always be welcome to draw strength from worship at St Andrew's Parish Church Ayr.