Holy Communion is a sacrament.
This is an act of worship ordained by Christ and is a means of grace. This does not mean that we become any more worthy of God’s grace by taking part in Communion. Rather, we open ourselves to the divine love that’s already there; we become more ready to receive that love and to respond to it.
At United Methodist Church, all are welcome at our table. At Holy Communion, all who love the Lord are welcome to come forward to receive the elements. We serve Communion during our worship services on the first Sunday of the month. Grape juice is used, and we also have the option of a gluten-free bread. In the bread and wine (juice) of the Lord’s Supper, in the fellowship of Christian friends gathered at his table, we find the nourishment we need for the tasks of discipleship ahead. God loves us all!
Baptism is a sacrament.
In a sacrament, God uses common elements - in this case, water - as means or vehicles of divine grace. Baptism is administered by the church as the Body of Christ. Baptism is the act of God through the grace of Jesus Christ and the work of the Holy Spirit.
At Evergreen Valley United Methodist Church, we baptize infants and children under 12 when their parents are willing to make a confession of faith on the child’s behalf. At 12 years of age or at middle school age, children are invited to take a Confirmation course in which they are offered the opportunity to confirm for themselves the vows made for them at baptisms. Membership is not a requirement of baptism.
Baptisms are always done in one of our public Sunday worship services. In the United Methodist Church we usually baptize with the pastor’s hand dipped in a font of water and then placed upon the initiate’s head. In our church we consider all forms of baptism valid. To schedule a baptism or baptismal appointment with our pastors, please contact us here!