First United Methodist Church of Austin offers two services related to the birth or adoption of a child:
- The Service of Blessing and Thanksgiving
- The Sacrament of Holy Baptism
The Service of Blessing and Thanksgiving
In this service, the church proclaims that every child is a beloved child of God and welcomes the child into the larger human community that is the family of God. We ask God’s blessing on the child and offer our support and encouragement in the responsibilities of parenthood. Any parent, whether a member of the church or not, is welcome to request this service for his or her child.
For those parents who may not be ready to take on the responsibilities of Christian baptism, this service offers affirmation and an opportunity to build a network of relationships within the church that may lead to further involvement. At the same time, parents within the church who intend to have their child baptized are also encouraged to present their newborn or newly adopted child for blessing in this service prior to baptism. The Service of Blessing and Thanksgiving is a brief act of worship within the Sunday morning service, though it may also be conducted privately within the context of family and close friends at another time and place. Ideally, a child will be presented for blessing within the first twelve weeks after birth or adoption.
The Sacrament of Baptism
FUMC offers a baptism class twice per year for parents who would like to have their infant welcomed into our congregation by this holy sacrament. Persons seeking baptism for their children must attend a class, led by the Reverend Taylor Fuerst and Lara Greene, in which the rich meaning of baptism is carefully explained–what God promises to us in this sacrament and what we promise to God. Families will also be able to connect with others in our church who have young children during this class. For more information, contact Lara Greene at firstname.lastname@example.org or (512) 478-5684, ext. 211.