Baptisms, Weddings, and Funerals
The Sacrament of Baptism is a requirement to join the United Methodist Church. If you have ever been baptized in another Christian denomination, that baptism is acceptable and there is no need to be re-baptized.
In the tradition of United Methodist Church, baptism is a crucial threshold we cross on our faith journey. Baptism is: (1) a sacrament of initiation into the catholic (universal) church; (2) a sign of God’s forgiveness and our new life in Jesus Christ; (3) the beginning of the growth process in grace that leads us to love God and neighbor and to follow Jesus; (4) a gift of God that is received as a sign of God’s love for us.
If you are interested in being baptized or having your child baptized, please attend the Baptism Class. It is held at 6:30 p.m. on the first Wednesday of each month in the Chapel: June 7, July 5, Aug. 2.
The baptism class is required for all those considering baptism. For more information on baptisms or to schedule a baptism, contact Stephanie Nichols, 813.253.5388.
Your Wedding at Hyde Park United Methodist
If you are the bride or groom, congratulations on your forthcoming nuptials. A wedding is a service of worship that we provide for members and their families celebrating the union of a man and a woman in marriage.
Please view or print our downloadable wedding packet here. This file contains very important, detailed information about our wedding policies. After reading this information, contact Stephanie Nichols, 813.253.5388, to schedule your wedding.
About 6-8 weeks before your wedding date, please complete the steps in our wedding checklist.
Below are three additional files that must be read and completed before the wedding:
Ministry at the Time of Death
The Service of Death and Resurrection
“I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me shall never die.” John 11:25-26
The Service of Death and Resurrection is a service of worship that expresses gratitude to God for the life of the one who has died and bears witness of our hope that because Christ has been raised from the dead, we too will be raised to new life in him. We worship in the assurance that “neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” It is also a service in which we acknowledge the pain and sorrow of death, even as Jesus wept by the grave of his friend, Lazarus.
We view the service for the burial of the dead as a solemn moment in the life of the Church, reminding us all of our physical mortality. But we also see this time as one in which we can be reminded to give thanks again to God for caring about us enough to send his son that we might have the gift of eternal life. In this way the central focus of the service is on the worship of God and the hope of resurrection.
For more information about arrangements for funerals or memorial services, please contact one of our pastors or Stephanie Nichols, 813.253.5388, or view or print this helpful booklet about services at Hyde Park.