Baptism is one’s public identification with God’s covenant family, the church. For an adult, it is the public declaration of faith in Jesus Christ. For both adults and children, it is a sacred event in the presence of the Holy Spirit, and a covenant before God with His church. We believe baptism is cause for joyful celebration in the life of our church family.
Jesus’ Baptism & the First Christians
Jesus Himself modeled baptism for us in the book of Matthew, as a ritual of purification common to the times. The early church used baptism as an act of committing yourself or your child to the Lord, relying on the grace of God’s instruction, and a covenant bond with the Body of Christ (the church). We see this occur throughout the book of Acts (eight instances, in fact!).
As a community in covenant relationship with one another, baptism signifies the church’s commitment to include someone in the family of faith, nurture their spiritual growth, support them with love and grace, and hold them accountable to the truths explained to us through God’s Word (the Bible). For infants, the church commits to present the Gospel and pray for that day when they hopefully confess faith in Jesus.
To schedule a baptism or learn more about who might be baptized in our church family, email Grace Whitlow or call her at 407.423.3441, x1451.
Older children are encouraged to participate in our annual Confirmation Class, and can be baptized at that time, after a confession of faith in Jesus Christ. If you have questions about Confirmation, email Kim Allen or call her at 407.423.3441, x2281.
Confirmation class runs from January through early May, and typically offered to 4th and 5th graders whose parents are members of First Pres.
Confirmation is a time for your child to confirm his or her faith in Jesus Christ as his/her Lord and Savior, and acknowledge and publicly profess that he/she wants to be His follower prior to being recognized as an official member of First Presbyterian Church of Orlando.
For some children, especially if they have grown up in the church, they may not even be able to remember a time when they did not know Jesus. Other children will be able to pinpoint a specific time when God “called” them to be His child. Confirmation is an opportunity for both of these categories of children to affirm that they know Jesus as their Lord and Savior, to grow in the knowledge of their Christian faith, and to learn what it means to be a lifelong follower, or disciple, of Christ and active participant in the church (local and global). Because the Holy Spirit acts according to His perfect will, we realize that all of the children in Confirmation class have differing levels of spiritual maturity.