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.

Before receiving communion, we are invited to confess and turn from a state of sin as part of the liturgy. It is only through acknowledging our sin that a process of restoration can begin. Communion elements photo by hudsoncrafted, courtesy of Pixabay; graphic by Laurens Glass, United Methodist Communications.
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Why do we confess our SIN, not SINS, in communion?

What is the difference between sin and sins? United Methodists confess both before celebrating Holy Communion.

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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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