Life Events

Baptisms and Blessings

When a baby is born, there is much cause for celebration and thankfulness to God for the gift of such a precious life. 

If you are new to Church, it may be that you have children whom you would now like to have baptised even though they are older. 

That’s great and we’d love to hear from you. 

Both baptism and thanksgiving services are normally held as part of our Sunday services. 

If you would like to have your child baptised or have a thanksgiving service, then please be in touch with us and the minister will be very glad to meet up with you and discuss the best way to take your request forward.





You’ve decided to get married – you’ve made one of the most important decisions of your life!

If you would like to be married at one of our three Churches in the beautiful Ettrick and Yarrow Valleys or have our minister take your service elsewhere, then please be in touch with us via the contact form. The minister will be delighted to meet with you and discuss your wedding with you. Before you finalise a date for the service and reception you will need to make sure that the minister is available.



The death of someone you love is often a difficult time, even if their death is not unexpected. 

You may find yourself having to arrange a funeral and wondering how to go about that. You may also wonder whether to contact a minister or not.

Please feel free to contact the minister directly or via the undertaker if you would like them to conduct the funeral service. You do not need to be a member of the church for the minister to lead the service. The minister will then arrange a time to meet with you and, if you wish, other members of your family to discuss and plan the funeral service .

You can also ask the minister to visit during a long illness or as life is ending. This can often be a source of comfort, strength and help to a family.

The death of a loved one raises a whole range of emotions, even when the death itself is expected after a long and difficult time. Ettrick and Yarrow Church will seek to support and care for you even beyond the funeral service, if you wish.

The Church of Scotland is a national church and as such has a pastoral responsibility. There will therefore never be a fee payable to a Parish Minister conducting a funeral.