Four times per year we come together to practice
Communion. It is a holy
worship when we come together as one
body to remember and celebrate
what Christ did for us. Our services
are held on the first Sunday of June
September, and the last Sunday
of February and November. For those who are
housebound the minister
can provide home communion. Please speak to
or contact the
Baptism and Blessing/Thanksgiving
Baptism (Christening) services are arranged when parents
of infant children
living in the parish request it for their children.
Also, adults may
the sacrament for themselves (Adult Baptism).
The promises of Baptism,
use of water, signify a Christian
commitment. Occasionally parents may
service of "Blessing and
Thanksgiving for the birth of a child". This is the
the congregation to join with them in celebrating the
together asking God to bless their family life.
Christmas services begin at advent on the four Sundays
leading up to Christmas day and each week one of the children from
the Sunday school will light one of the four red candles on the
advent crown circling the main white candle which represents Jesus,
the light of the world. The white candle will be lit at the
christingle service. The Christingle Service is held Christmas Eve
and is a family service where the children are encouraged to bring a
Christingle. The atmosphere in the church as the congregation sing
and the light of the christingles illuminate the church brings to
life the true meaning of Christmas.
Ministers of the Church of Scotland are authorised to
perform marriages. The Church does not regard marriage as a sacrament
and ministers are free to marry people who are not members of the
Church of Scotland. However, if neither the bride nor groom is a
member of the Church, the first approach should be to the minister of
the parish in which one or other of them resides. In places where
parish boundaries are not obvious, the local presbytery clerk should
be able to advise. In certain circumstances the Church of Scotland
permits the re-marriage of divorced people in church.
Holy week services are held in the church and jointly
with other churches in the area. Easter day services begin with a
short open air service high on the hill at Windyedge and this is
followed by breakfast in the church hall, before the main service
starts at 11am. Everyone is welcome.
Blessing of a Civil Marriage
Ministers of the Church of Scotland can also conduct
blessing ceremonies for civil marriages (those which were legally
conducted by a registrar and not in a church). The couple seeking a
blessing on their marriage stand together at the front of the church,
and may be attended by friends.
Through its parish system and territorial ministry the
Church of Scotland seeks to serve all the people of Scotland and not
just the membership of the Church. Nobody in the situation of
bereavement should hesitate to seek the services of the minister,
either directly or through the undertaker.
Harvest And Shoebox Sunday
Harvest festival is celebrated in church every year and for many years now
the church has collected donations of goods to be boxed and sent to
Romania. Boxes are made for children and adults and the primary
school donate gifts and the children make Christmas cards so that
every person receives seasons greetings from Crosshouse. Usually
around 200 boxes are donated and money given towards transport.