The United Methodist Church recognizes two sacraments, baptism and communion. These two acts have a special place in the church because Jesus commanded them and participated in them.
Through the years, Christians have used other sacramental acts to draw closer to God. While we do not recognize these others as sacraments, we participate in many of them in some way.
In the following articles, we explore how United Methodists understand baptism, communion, and rites and rituals other Christian churches view as sacraments.
Sacrament of Baptism
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
Sacrament of Holy Communion
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
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
Before God and one another: United Methodists and confession
Confession is not a sacrament in The United Methodist Church, but we confess our sins in worship and small groups to receive forgiveness and strength. Read More
I do: How United Methodists understand Christian marriage
In weddings and marriage, we celebrate love: the love of the couple, the love of God for us, and the love Christ calls us to share with the world. Read More
Anointing the Sick
God is with us: Blessing the dying and those who grieve
As people come to the end of life, United Methodist pastors offer the strength, hope, and peace of Christ in this difficult yet sacred time. Read More
Ordination (Holy Orders)
Spirit empowered, church authorized: United Methodist ordination
What does The United Methodist Church teach about ordination? Learn more about the steps and blessings to become a deacon or elder. Read More