In the United Methodist Church, we have two sacraments. A sacrament is an outward sign of an inward grace. Through baptism and communion, we receieve the grace of God and acknowledge God is at work in the midst of it. Jesus himself participated in the two sacraments of baptism and communion and commanded us to do likewise.
BaptismBaptism marks the beginning of our lifelong journey as disciples of Jesus Christ.Through baptism, we are joined with the Triune God, the whole of Christ’s church, and our local congregation.The water and the work of the Holy Spirit in baptism convey God’s saving grace, the forgiveness of our sins, and new life in Jesus Christ.Persons of any age may be baptized infants, children, youth, and adults.United Methodists baptize in a variety of ways such as immersion, pouring, or sprinkling.A person receives the sacrament of baptism only once in his or her life.To see the church's official statement on baptism, read "By Water and the Spirit."
As baptism is a sacrament we recieve only one time, communion is a sacrament we recieve constantly throughout our lives. Communion should be celebrated and received regularly; as John Wesley once said, "as often as one can."
Holy Communion Communion is also known as The Lord’s Supper, or the EucharistThrough offering ourselves in praise and thanksgiving, and through receiving the bread and cup which the Spirit makes for us the body and blood of Christ; celebrating the Lord's Supper together nourishes and sustains us in our journey as disciples of Jesus Christ.As we pray together and receive the body and blood of Christ together, we are united with Christ, with one another, and in ministry to all the world.All who love Christ, earnestly repent of their sin and seek to live in peace with one another are invited to join us in offering our prayer of thanksgiving and receive the body and blood of Christ, regardless of their age or membership.
To see the church's offical statement on communion, read "This Holy Mystery."