With many other Protestants, we recognize the two sacraments in which Christ himself participated: baptism and the Lord's Supper.

Baptism

  • Through baptism we are joined with the church and with Christians everywhere.
  • Baptism is a symbol of new life and a sign of God's love and forgiveness of our sins.
  • Persons of any age can be baptized.
  • We baptize by sprinkling, immersion or pouring.
  • A person receives the sacrament of baptism only once in his or her life.

The Lord's Supper (Holy Communion, Eucharist)

  • The Lord's Supper, or Holy Communion, is the sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving the church offers for all God has done, is doing, and will do to save and renew the whole creation through Jesus Christ.
  • We offer ourselves and gifts of bread and wine, and we ask the Holy Spirit to bless us to be Christ's body for the world, and the gifts to be for us the body and blood of Christ. We believe the Holy Spirit answers our prayers, "Yes!"
  • As we receive the bread and wine, we are nourished and empowered for God's mission in the world.
  • The table around which we gather belongs to Christ. We invite all who love him, who earnestly repent of their sin and seek to be at peace with one another to offer themselves with us in praise and thanksgiving around the Lord's table and receive his body and blood with us.

 

If you would like to learn more about the United Methodist understanding of baptism and the Lords Supper, please consider reading By Water and Spirit, the church's official statement on baptism and This Holy Mystery, to learn more about the church's official stance on the Lord's Supper. The document can be found online at http://www.umc.org/what-we-believe/sacraments