- Baptism 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—immersion, pouring, or sprinkling.
- A person receives the sacrament of baptism only once in his or her life.
Holy Communion (also called The Lord’s Supper or Eucharist)
- Holy Communion is another name for the Lord’s Supper or Eucharist, the sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving the church offers to God for all God has done, is doing, and will do to save us and renew all things in Christ.
- Through 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 age or church membership.
- Congregations serve the elements of Holy Communion several ways, but always include both bread and cup.
- Holy Communion is to be celebrated and received regularly—our denomination’s founder John Wesley said, “as often as [one] can.”