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The Rev. Tonya Elmore, pastor at Enterprise First United Methodist Church, takes communion from the Rev. Virginia Kagoro, pastor at Locust Bluff United Methodist Church. Holy Communion was part of the Service of Remembrance at the 2015 Alabama-West Florida Conference on June 1, where 33 clergy and clergy spouses were memorialized. Photo by Luke Lucas, Alabama-West Florida Conference

An open table: How United Methodists understand communion

The sacrament is such a common part of our worship that its uncommon richness can get lost. Learn more about The Lord's Supper. Read More

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

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

United Methodists this year mourned the passing of pioneering leaders of United Methodist Women, a founder of United Methodist Men and a poet who met with Presidents. Photo illustration by Kathryn Price, United Methodist Communications

2014: United Methodists of note remembered

United Methodists mourned the passing of pioneering leaders of United Methodist Women, a champion of United Methodist Men and a poet who met with Presidents. 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 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: 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

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

Book of Worship, The

A book containing the rituals, sacraments and orders of worship related to The United Methodist Church. Source: Sharing God's Gifts Glossary of United Methodist Terms 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

Should churches offer Holy Communion online?

Bishops, scholars, agency executives and pastors will tackle the theological implications of that question when they meet next week. Read More

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