SERVICES AT ST MARGARETS

BAPTISMS

The Church of Scotland offers adult and child Baptism as well as infant baptism sometimes referred to as a Christening. When someone is old enough to understand what baptism means he or she will make some promises. When, as is most common in the Church of Scotland,
it is an infant being baptised then the parents or grandparents are invited to make promises on behalf of the infant.

Baptism is an act of grace in which God’s love is offered to each of us. Baptism involves water and the Spirit of God. It signifies that we are loved, blessed, forgiven through Jesus and are grafted to His body the church.

Baptism takes place during the 10.30 am Sunday worship service and the baptismal family are welcome to invite extended family and friends along. Although a Baptism can happen on any Sunday except the last Sunday of the month, the third Sunday is our All Age Worship: the children stay in for the whole service and there are two shorter interactive reflections suitable for all ages.

If you would like to talk about arranging a Baptism, in the first instance, please phone the church office on 0131 554 7400. The minister will contact you to arrange a time to meet and chat.

WEDDINGS

St Margaret’s Sanctuary is Restalrig King’s Chapel which has a long and interesting history. It is seats about 200 and is small and perfectly formed with beautiful stained glass windows. There is a special atmosphere about the sanctuary – a feeling of welcome, peace and sacredness that makes people feel at home.

St Margaret’s will conduct marriage ceremonies for anyone who lives within our parish, regardless of church membership, and for any couple who has connections with this church even if they live outside the parish.

If you would like to get married in St Margaret’s, in the first instance, please phone the church office on 0131 554 7400. The minister will arrange a time to meet with you.

You will be invited to two informal workshops to talk about your hopes for the day and the future, and also to plan your marriage ceremony. St Margaret’s provides a Wedding Pack with selections of vows, blessings, songs and readings. Couples can choose and combine from this as they wish or may create something original which they have written themselves. Every wedding in St Margaret’s is unique!

FUNERALS

St Margaret’s is a Parish Church and the minister for no fee, is privileged to conduct a funeral service for anyone or any family who live in the parish, regardless of church membership.

Using a minister does not mean you have to be ‘religious’.

IF YOU BELIEVE, OR EVEN HOPE, THAT THERE IS A HEAVEN
BECAUSE THERE IS A GOD WHO IS LOVE
AND THAT ONE DAY WE WILL ALL BE REUNITED
THEN YOU WANT A MINISTER.

The minister will meet with you to talk about the content of the service
which will be very personal:
• saying what you want to be said to your loved one and by whom (people other than the minister can speak)
• using readings that either you have chosen or are happy with
• using music that is appropriate for you
• using short prayers in language that connects.

St Margaret’s Restalrig Sanctuary is available for a service of celebration and thanksgiving for someone’s life either before or after an act of committal at a Crematorium or an act of internment at a Graveyard.
The only charge for this is the Organist’s fee of £75.

Usually whichever Funeral Directors to which you go will contact the minister for you. But you can also make direct contact by phoning
0131 669 7329.

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