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Baptisms


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Baptisms


Baptism is the beginning of the Christian journey. Baptism is a sacrament. It is the act of God through the grace of Jesus Christ and the work of the Holy Spirit. As the “Body of Christ” in the world, baptism commissions us to use our gifts to strengthen the church and to transform the world. 

Please review the information below to inquire about a baptism at First Church.

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Infant & Child


Infant & Child


Baptism, as a means of grace, signifies God’s initiative in the process of salvation. John Wesley preached “prevenient grace,” the grace that works in our lives before we are aware of it, bringing us to faith. The baptism of children and their inclusion in the church before they can respond with their own confirmation of faith is a vivid and compelling witness to prevenient grace. At the appropriate time, the child will make his or her first confession of faith during confirmation. Most often, this is at adolescence or at the time when the child begins to take responsibility for his or her own decisions.

A meeting with the pastor is the first step to infant and child baptism. Pastor Vance meets with parents of infants and children to be baptized on the first Tuesday of each month at 5:30pm in the office. 

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Adult


Adult


If you have never been baptized, First Church Coral Springs offers adult baptism. This can be done by sprinkling, pouring or immersion. From time to time, First Church will offer a beach baptism. Baptism should not be repeated because it is a sacrament of God’s grace and a covenant that God has initiated. However, God’s continuing forgiveness and God’s prevenient grace can prompt us to renew the commitment first made at our baptism. At such a time, instead of re-baptism, the United Methodist Church offers the reaffirmation of baptismal vows, which implies that, while God remains faithful to God’s half of the covenant, we are not always faithful to our promises.