“The sacrament of baptism is an outward and visible sign of the grace of God. Through baptism a person is joined with the universal church, the body of Christ. In baptism, God works in us the power of forgiveness, the renewal of the spirit, and the knowledge of the call to be God’s people always.” – From the About Baptism page of UCC.org
Baptism for infants in our tradition is understood as a welcome to Christian community. It is the sacred act of recognizing that children are a gift and that it is our privilege to raise them in ways that promote compassion and truth in the world. Therefore the entire congregation, during a baptism ceremony for a child, stands and pledges:
“We, as a worshiping congregation, in receiving this child into the fellowship of the Church Universal, pledge the guardian love and care of this church. We recognize that upon us falls an important part of the responsibility to nurture this child in spiritual development so that throughout her/his life s/he will be guided and strengthened by a steadfast faith and a joyful hope.”
Baptism for adults is recognized as being received into membership of the church universal, and a pledge to follow the way of Christ. Anyone wishing to be baptized should e-mail the church office or call 303-762-0616 to speak to one of the ministers.
A family centered on a Holy presence
is the structural foundation of
a lasting and fruitful civilization.
Families of all sizes and shapes in loving cooperation contribute to such a society.
The nucleus is most often a union
of two individuals who,
with mutual love and respect,
pledge to share their dreams and labors
in a lifelong journey.
First Plymouth provides a beautiful setting for services of sacred covenant. Your desire to involve the church shows that you wish to begin your union with the recognition of God’s blessing. As a Christian church based on the life and teaching of Jesus, we believe your union is a sacred covenant to be entered into with prayer and thoughtfulness.
Our sanctuary can accommodate 500 guests, or for a more intimate setting, our chapel seats 85-90. The church may be used for your reception as well.
Our Ministers will guide you through the process of designing your ceremony to reflect your wishes. The Coordinator will meet with you to help in the planning process and will be present on your day to help make things run smoothly.
Our church is a pleasure for photographers. Beautiful and varied settings for photos abound inside and out. Some favorite spots include the window banked landing, balcony, courtyard, portico, and the gardens.
For more information or ff you are interested in a wedding at First Plymouth, email the church office or call 303-762-0616.
At the difficult time of the loss of a loved one, First Plymouth can assist in memorial service planning. Our Sanctuary (capacity 500) and Chapel (capacity 90) are available for services. For additional information regarding the services First Plymouth provides or to speak with one of our ministers about a memorial service, please email the church office or call 303-762-0616. To assist in the planning process, you may wish to download an Individual Memorial Planning Form.
First Plymouth maintains a Memorial Garden in the courtyard for interment of ashes and display of memorial plaques. The garden features two sculptures of children by Ellen Watkins Worth, donated by her husband, and a replica of the stained glass UCC symbol designed for First Plymouth by George Bethune. Persons whose cremains are to be buried in the garden must be members or contributing friends of First Plymouth or be recommended by a member or contributing friend. Email the church office or call 303-762-0616 for more information.
The Memorial Gifts Program offers the opportunity for members and friends to honor loved ones by giving gifts, large or small, to the church. Monetary gifts and, with committee approval, other gifts are welcome. Ministers and the Memorials Committee can assist in planning memorial gifts. Memorial gifts, given for specific or undesignated purposes, contribute to the life of the church, and families and friends have found this a satisfying means of remembering deceased loved ones and honoring the living.