The UMC recognizes two sacraments: Holy Baptism and Holy Communion. Other rites such as Confirmation, Ordination, Holy Matrimony, Funerals, and Anointing of the Sick are performed but not considered sacraments. At Mary Helen UMC we baptize in full submersion or at the bapistry in church. Communion or the Eucharist is celebrated monthly on the first Sunday. The sacraments were instituted by Jesus as means of bestowing the grace of God upon His people.
Baptism marks the beginning of our lifelong journey as disciples of Jesus Christ.
The water and the work of the Holy Spirit in baptism convey God’s saving grace, the forgiveness of our sins, and new life in Jesus Christ.
Persons of any age may be baptized—infants, children, youth, and adults.
United Methodists baptize in a variety of ways—immersion, pouring, or sprinkling.
A person receives the sacrament of baptism only once in his or her life.
Baptism is done by an ordained Elder, Deacon or Local Pastor
The Lord’s Supper is another name for the Eucharist, the sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving the church offers to God for all God has done, is doing, and will do to save us and renew all things in Christ.
Through offering ourselves in praise and thanksgiving, and through receiving the bread and cup—which the Spirit makes for us the body and blood of Christ—celebrating the Lord’s Supper together nourishes and sustains us in our journey as disciples of Jesus Christ.
As we pray together and receive the body and blood of Christ together, we are united with Christ, with one another, and in ministry to all the world.
The Bread and Wine can only be consecrated by an ordained Elder, Deacon or Local Pastor.