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Raphaël Aboua (right) helps serve Holy Communion at Ebenezer Beago United Methodist Church in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire. Photo by Isaac Broune, United Methodist News Service.

Sacraments, Rites and Rituals

Explore how United Methodists understand baptism, communion, rites and rituals other Christian churches view as sacraments. More

Episcopalians and United Methodists share Communion at the U.S. National Cathedral. Photo Melissa Lauber, courtesy the Baltimore-Washington Conference.

United Methodist sacraments, rites and rituals

Some churches recognize 7 sacraments; United Methodists only 2. This series of articles explores each of these important acts in the life of a Christian. More

Ronald and Shena Boone celebrate Valentine’s Day with a free wedding at Trinity United Methodist Church. Photo by Liz Johnson & Jay Foot.

Free Valentine’s Weddings Show Church’s Love

‘We’ve short-changed marriages.” Indiana church offers free ceremonies to encourage families to make faith a priority. View

Confirmation classes journey together toward their first profession of their intent to live as faithful disciples of Jesus Christ. Photo courtesy of Brecksville (Ohio) United Methodist Church.

Beyond baptism: What confirmation means to United Methodists

Confirmation is not a sacrament in The United Methodist Church, but an important step in our journey of faith. Read More

All baptized persons are members of their local church, the denomination, and the church universal. Photo by Mary Catherine Phillips, Alabama-West Florida Annual Conference.

Renewing waters: How United Methodists understand baptism

In baptism, we reject sin and begin our journey as disciples of Jesus Christ. Learn more of what United Methodists teach about the sacrament. Read More

Vano Kalembe Kiboko, a United Methodist evangelist, prays in prison in the Democratic Republic of Congo. He has been helping to lead hundreds of people to Christ while in prison himself. Photo courtesy of Rev. Kiboko I. Kiboko

Political dissident leads revival behind bars

United Methodist evangelist Vano Kiboko has baptized more than 300 even while human rights observers say he is wrongfully imprisoned. Read More

Children bathe in water from an open pipe following Typhoon Haiyan in Tacloban, Philippines. A UMNS photo by Mike DuBose.

Flowing Water: The Christian Connection

'We have reminders of baptism everywhere.' Watch and download a meditation on how water connects us with our brothers and sisters around the world. View

Baptism in Gulf waters of United States.

Baptism: What does the church say?

To become Christian is to receive a new identity. Find out the background and meaning of this sacrament. Read More

Chuck talks about the methods and meaning of baptism in the United Methodist faith.

Chuck Knows Church: Baptism

Many faiths observe the sacrament of baptism using varying methods. Chuck looks at what the practice means in The United Methodist Church. View

Chuck Knows Church talks about the symbolism and history behind the funeral pall.

Chuck Knows Church: Funeral Pall

A pall is more than a cloth used to drape a casket during a funeral. Chuck tells us more about this important symbol of baptism and resurrection. View

Chuck looks at the sacrament of baptism and and the baptismal font, a fixture on the altar of United Methodist churches.

Chuck Knows Church: Baptismal Font

Chuck looks at the sacrament of baptism and and the baptismal font, a fixture on the altar of United Methodist churches. View

The Rev. Gayle Felton discusses a study on Holy Communion during the Pre-General Conference News Briefing Jan. 31, 2004, in Pittsburgh. Felton was a consultant to the United Methodist Church’s Board of Discipleship. A UMNS photo by Mike DuBose.

Tribute: Remembering Gayle C. Felton

Through her writings and teaching, Gayle C. Felton played a key role in articulating the United Methodist understanding of the sacraments. Read More

FAQs: Baptism

Why do we practice infant baptism? Do I have to be baptized to be saved? Learn more about our view of this sacrament. Read More

FAQs: Sacraments and Faithful Living

We have two sacraments: communion and baptism. Learn more about how these are practiced in our church. Read More

How should water be used when baptism is being reaffirmed?

Baptismal Covenant IV in The United Methodist Hymnal is a powerful ritual of reaffirmation which uses water in ways that remind us of our baptism. Read More

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