St John's Parish Church of Scotland
Onthank, Kilmarnock

Registered Scottish Charity SC033107



Baptism is one of two sacraments that the Church of Scotland administers and our minister is happy to speak to anyone who is considering baptism for their child/children or for themselves. Recent church legislation means that another relative, perhaps a grandparent, can, with the parents' permission, seek baptism for a child.

What baptism is and is not, will be explained to those seeking baptism. The role of the church and what St John's can offer will also be explained. The vows that are to be taken are explored and questions asked. After discussion the minister will lay out the options which may include any or all of the following:

  • to proceed to baptism
  • to have a service of blessing which allows for baptism at a later date
  • not to proceed at this time

These are further discussed and an agreement made which both parties feel comfortable with.

Baptisms take place in morning worship unless there are unusual circumstances (eg if a person is very ill).