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We invite you to be a part of our community of faith, to be blessed by God’s grace in our midst. We invite you to Coral Gables United Church of Christ to grow spiritually, and to find welcome at God’s table. Our vision is to be an inclusive, vibrant, alive, witnessing community of faith.
We are the people of South Florida, a diverse, culturally rich, and intriguing community. We are young and old, economically fortunate and economically struggling, Hispanic and African-American, gay and straight; we are native Miamians, and transplants from around the globe. A common misconception is that Church goers are stuffy, standoffish, and don’t like newcomers. Nothing is farther from the truth here. We want YOU to experience our friendship and closeness firsthand. We want you to feel comfortable and to enjoy worship with us.
Visiting a church for the first time can be a frightening experience. We know it can be scary walking through those big wooden doors. We assure you, though, that the hard part is making up your mind to visit. Once you are here you will find a haven of hospitality, beauty, and inspiring worship.
Please join us. We are expecting you!
Top 10 Reasons to Visit Gables UCC
10. What if church is like spinach?
You know, like something that you hated as a kid but you love as an adult because you eat it in ways that suit you much better. Guess what? A lot of people are having the same sort of experience with church. At Gables UCC, things are different and worth checking out.
9. Variety in Worship
Try Gables UCC for more than one Sunday. We change from week to week. Gables UCC emerges from and for the people who come. The result: a variety of musical traditions, worship expressions, and values springing forth with integrity and purpose.
8. No apologies
You are what you are…and so are we – From the 80-somethings who have been here for years to the 30-somethings who are finding their way back to the church, from the blue haired to the pierced, we all worship together.
7. No waiting
You don’t have to join to be active. Gables UCC is bold in its vision and ambitious for its ministry. If you want to get involved, Gables UCC has a place for your talents and will help you fulfill your need to give.
6. One God, One Faith, One Baptism for All
When we baptize you into our community, we promise that we will never take it back – no matter what you discover about yourself or what others discover about you along life’s journey. We believe that baptism places each of us into the “body of Christ” and lasts forever. Some are baptized as infants, others as adults. Some are sprinkled. Others are immersed. Some reclaim their baptism from a previous church life. For each of us, however, baptism is big enough, strong enough and cleansing enough to last forever. We believe that everyone – old, young, straight, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, physically or emotionally challenged, rich or poor, sure or unsure, lost or found, Democrat or Republican has a place in the body of Christ. Baptism is like a badge that says, “You’re a full member of the church and no one can take that away from you.”
5. Good News People
We believe that No. 6 is really good news!
4. We’re the “Party” Church
God is having a party and we are all invited. At God’s party, our spiritual hungering is fed and our thirsting is satisfied. At God’s party we get strength, stamina and community support that helps us through the tough times that come to everyone. Feeding our spiritual hunger helps reduce those, “I can’t believe I’m so stupid” moments – but we’ll never eliminate them all. That’s why we need friends and companions and not judges (no offense to judges) for the journey.
3. We know its about relationships…
It’s not about commandments. It’s about relationships – even with God. The most important relationship is our relationship with God. The second most important is our relationships with the rest of the human family. In balance, these relationships produce justice amid injustice, kindness in the face of meanness, and the humility of self acceptance that comes as we sense the presence of a God who knows our inmost thoughts and loves us uncontrollably – just as we are.
2. Spiritual Guidance
Spiritual journeys can be like the exercise equipment we buy and leave under the bed. Without coaches and workout partners, most of us don’t stick with it. We want to be work out partners on your spiritual journey.
1. We’ve been waiting for you.
Please come. Wear whatever’s most comfortable for you.