United Methodist Sacraments
Communion: This is our second sacrament. It is variously referred to as “Holy Communion,” “The Lord’s Supper,” or the “Eucharist.” In our Methodist tradition one does not need to be a member to receive this sacrament. We view this sacrament as a sign of God’s grace freely extended to all people, and we thus encourage all, by faith, to receive this sacrament. We usually observe this on the first Sunday of each month at each of our three services. The traditional way of receiving this sacrament in our tradition it to come forward to the “communion rail,” and to kneel and receive a small piece of bread and a small cup of grape juice (never alcoholic) as signs of the body and blood of Christ. This is a memorial feast as well as a means of grace. At some of our worship services we receive this sacrament by “Intinction.” This means that as people come forward they remain standing, and receive a piece of bread which they lightly dip into the chalice containing grape juice. Then return to their seats. Some elect to pause a moment and kneel before they return to their seats. Because there is no membership requirement for this sacrament, it is a powerful sign of our inclusiveness as a congregation and church.