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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. Pastors and congregations reach out and encourage those who partake at the Table to share fully in the life of God's people, including coming to the font after appropriate preparation. (Read more FAQs About Baptism, Membership, and Salvation)

By Water and the Spirit: A United Methodist Understanding of Baptism
"Because the table at which we gather belongs to the Lord, it should be open to all who respond to Christ's love, regardless of age or church membership. The Wesleyan tradition has always recognized that Holy Communion may be an occasion for the reception of converting, justifying, and sanctifying grace. Unbaptized persons who receive communion should be counseled and nurtured toward baptism as soon as possible."

This Holy Mystery: A United Methodist Understanding of Holy Communion
"Nonbaptized people who respond in faith to the invitation in our liturgy will be welcomed to the Table. They should receive teaching about Holy Baptism as the sacrament of entrance into the community of faith-- needed only once by each individual-- and Holy Communion as the sacrament of sustenance for the journey of faith and growth in holiness-- needed and received frequently."

Category: Communion
Tags: Communion, Baptism