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

United Methodists, Episcopalians celebrate Eucharist sharing agreement

Week of Christian Unity becomes ‘real’ as Communion is served to people from both denominations at U.S. National Cathedral. Read More

The Rev. Noé Gonzales (left) offers Holy Communion to Kaylee Naomi Avita Guerrero. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

Communion: The Meal that Makes Us One

“Take communion as often as you can. It is food for the journey.” Watch and download a meditation about the sacrament, and reflect on how it nourishes your own faith. 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: Communion

What does it mean that we practice open communion? Why do we use grape juice rather than wine? 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

What is an Agape Meal?

The Agape Meal, or Love Feast, is a Christian fellowship meal that is often practiced in Covenant Discipleship groups or other small groups. Read More

Who can assist the pastor in communion?

Communion is one of the responsibilities and duties of a pastor. The pastor may "train deacons and lay members to serve the consecrated communion elements." Read More

Should we use unleavened bread for communion?

Either leavened or unleavened bread is acceptable. Read More

May a person who has not been baptized participate in Holy Communion?

Yes, our church does not seek to close God's Table, although the historic and normal Christian order of the sacraments is baptism first - as birth into the family - and Communion following, as continuing nurture at the family table. Read More

How often do United Methodists take communion?

Each local United Methodist church determines how often to serve communion. Read More

I am not a member of The United Methodist Church.  Can I still take communion?

The table of Holy Communion is Christ's table, not the table of The United Methodist Church or of the local congregation. The table is open to anyone who seeks to respond to Christ's love and seeks to lead a new life of peace and love, as the invitation to the... Read More

I am allergic to wheat.  Will I be able to take communion?

Will I be able to take communion if I have a wheat allergy? Read More

Can children take communion?

In The United Methodist Church, children are welcome to receive communion. Parents may decide when their child should begin receiving communion. Read More

United Methodist leaders will discuss the possibility of churches offering Holy Communion online during a Sept. 30-Oct. 1, 2013 meeting at the denomination's Board of Higher Education and Ministry in Nashville, Tenn. A UMNS file photo by Mike DuBose.

What is the United Methodist view of Communion?

Team of pastors, church leaders and theologians share background on Holy Communion and perspectives about offering the sacrament online. Read More


Historically, an altar has been the table or structure on which a sacrifice is offered. In the liturgical Christian groups, such as the Roman Catholic and Orthodox churches, the altar has been the table upon which the bread and wine are placed during the celebration of the Mass. For liturgical... Read More

Communion: Some Questions and Answers

Find out the answers to all of your questions about communion. Read More

We Are Nourished by Communion

Like baptism, Holy Communion is regarded by Protestants as a sacrament. That is, it’s an act of worship ordained by Christ and is a means of grace. This does not mean that we become any more worthy of God’s grace by taking part in Communion. Rather, we open... Read More


The traditional term used by most Christian churches for the element used in the Sacrament of the Lord's Supper. The wine in the sacrament symbolizes the blood of Christ, which was shed for the redemption of all persons. Many denominations use the fermented juice of the grape or what... Read More


The thin, circular disk of unleavened bread used in the Sacrament of the Lord's Supper. In some local United Methodist churches the wafer is used in place of ordinary bread for the sacrament.
See also: BreadSource: A Dictionary for United Methodists, Alan K. Waltz, Copyright 1991, Abingdon Press.... Read More

The Rev. Edgardo Colón-Emeric blesses the elements of Holy Communion in front of a woodcarving of Leonardo da Vinci's “The Last Supper” at the Upper Room Chapel in Nashville, Tenn. A UMNS photo by Mike DuBose.

Moratorium, study urged on online communion

A group of 27 United Methodist leaders is urging the denomination’s bishops to call a halt for now on the practice of Holy Communion online and do further study of online ministries.The recommendation — made just days before Read More

Tijuana: Where the world’s migrants wait

United Methodist Church and Methodist Church of Mexico reach out to those trapped between nations, hiding and becoming prey to many. Read More

Feeling God’s presence on the border

'God's mercy will outlast all national boundaries,' says pastor as bishops join faithful for Holy Communion while standing in two nations. Read More

Home for Christmas? Not for border families

For those torn apart by immigration issues, the wire mesh fence between the U.S. and Mexico is the site of tears and 'communion.' Read More

UMTV: Border Separates Families at Christmas

For those divided by the border fence between San Diego and Tijuana, the wall is a reminder of Mary and Joseph's experience of rejection. View

The 2012 State of the Church Report focuses on Vital Congregations

Responding to the call for more vital congregations in The United Methodist Church Read More