Garthdee Church over the last sixty years has played a major role in our local community through key life events. We want to continue doing so.
This includes special services to:-
- baptise or bless babies and young children
- baptise adults
- wedding ceremonies
- and funerals.
These services are there both to help people celebrate new life, and support others through difficult times in their life. This includes the loss of a family member or friend. We are there to provide support for the local community as well as people who are members of own congregation.
Baptism is one of the two sacraments officially recognised by the Church of Scotland. (The other sacrament is, of course, Holy Communion.)
Where the person being baptised is still an infant or unable to fully understand what is happening we require that a parent or other close relative be present. They will be making promises to bring the child up in the Christain faith. So they should normally be a member of the church or a practising Christian.
In an Adult Baptism, the person themselves will make the promises. Read more about Baptism here.
Thanksgiving and Blessing of a Child.
Garthdee Church can also organise a special blessing ceremony for a child. This applies even if the parent or other adults are unable to make a declaration of Christian faith. This would normally take place as part of our Sunday morning worship service. This follows a similar structure to the baptism of a child but without water being used. As such the child receives a special blessing You can read more about the child blessing procedure here.
There are some legal procedures to be followed when getting married in Scotland which may be different from other areas of the United Kingdom. You should make arrangements with our local minister at the earliest opportunity. That way we can ensure all formalities are followed and the wedding can go ahead.
Note: we have a long history of performing wedding ceremonies for couples and then their children. We extend an extra special welcoming hand if you are following a family tradition of being married in Garthdee Church.
You should read the fuller guide on weddings here but also remember to make contact with our local minister before finalising any plans.
This is often a heartbreaking occasion and plans need to be made within a relatively short time. The Church of Scotland seeks to serve all the people of Scotland, not just those who are church members. If you have recently gone through a bereavement you should not hesitate to contact our local minister direct. Or request your chosen undertaker to do so on your behalf. See our contact page for information on how to make contact with us. Or read more about how we can help with your funeral arrangements here.