Infant and Adult Baptism
The Baptismal Covenant is God’s word to us, proclaiming our adoption by grace, and our word to God promising our response of faith and love. Those within the covenant constitute the community we call the church; therefore, the services of the Baptismal Covenant are conducted during the public worship of the congregation where the person’s or family’s membership is to be held, except in very unusual circumstances.
The United Methodist Church practices infant baptism. Adult baptism is for adults who have never been baptized as an infant and are seeking membership in FUMCCG (we do not "re-baptize"). At FUMCCG, it is expected that one or both parents, even if not members of the church, will be active in the life of the church.
Baptism places the child and parents, as well as the congregation, in a covenant relationship with God. Therefore, a child’s parents are expected to profess their faith in God and promise to raise their child in the knowledge and love of God until that time when the child can profess his/her faith before the church. This assumes that the parents will be active in the church so that they can fulfill these vows to the best of their ability. The congregation also affirms its commitment to the family to help provide a community where the child and parents are nurtured in the Christian faith.
- Because we greatly value our church family's commitment to walk with our children in faith, First UMC Coral Gables offers infant baptism to members of our faith community, as well as to those who regularly participate in the ministry of the church.
The pastor alone has the authority for who may be baptized.
If you would like more information on baptism or to schedule a baptism for an infant or a believing adult, please call the Church Office at (305) 445-2578.
- Please keep in mind that a meeting with the pastor is necessary before the baptism takes place and membership or regular attendance is required.
- Click here for more information about Baptism in the United Methodist Church.
- Baptism Request form (can be returned to the Church Office, by fax, and email)