The United Methodists recognize two rituals as sacraments: baptism and Holy Communion.
The Sacrament of Baptism celebrates all that God’s love has done, is doing, and will do in our lives. Baptism is our welcome to the family of Christ. One baptism is accepted by Catholics and most Protestants as valid. Adults as well as infants may be baptized. While adults consciously profess the Christian faith, parents and godparents promise to nurture the child in that faith so that they can come to claim it as their own. Baptism brings a child into preparatory membership in the church. Baptism of an adult is typically followed with their entry into full church membership by Profession of Faith.
In the United Methodist Church, communion is open to anyone who is striving to have a relationship with God. It is a holy meal of bread and juice that symbolizes the body and blood of Christ. Through the sharing of one loaf and one cup, we celebrate the unity of all members of God’s family and recall all that Jesus has done and is doing in our lives.
Beliefs – John Wesley
John Wesley is the founder of Methodism. His brother Charles wrote over 9000 hymns and poems. Learn more about John Wesley at: Global Ministries article on The Wesley’s and Their Times.
Enjoy these quotes by John Wesley:
- “Do all you can, by all the means you can”
- “Catch on fire and others will love to come watch you burn.”
- “Earn all you can, give all you can, save all you can”
- “Think and let think.”
- “God grant that I may never live to be useless!” How To Pray: The Best of John Wesley on Prayer