Sacraments

Ask The UMC: Sacraments of The United Methodist Church. Ask The UMC is a service of United Methodist Communications. Art by United Methodist Communications.

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.

Baptism marks the beginning of our lifelong journey as disciples of Jesus Christ.

Communion nourishes and sustains us on the journey.

Explore these questions to learn how we understand and practice baptism and communion.

When United Methodists share the sacrament, they remember the Last Supper and so much more. Photo by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications.
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Is communion simply a ritual of remembrance?

Holy Communion recalls the last supper Jesus had with his disciples. But it is more than just a ritual of remembering.

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United Methodists are glad to baptize people at whatever age or stage they come for baptism. There is no time too soon, and no time too late. Photo by Alex Ramos, courtesy of Pixabay.
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Why do we baptize at different ages?

United Methodists are glad to baptize people at whatever age or stage they come for baptism. There is no time too soon, and no time too late.

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Baptism

Communion