Sacraments are the material signs & actions that God has chosen as special ways to give us grace. United Methodists recognize two sacraments commanded by Jesus Christ: Baptism & Communion
Baptism is a gift from God, through which we are welcomed into God’s family, the church. The waters of baptism are an outward sign of the spiritual blessing which God pours out upon the baptized.
At Wesley Freedom, we celebrate baptisms on the third Sunday of the month. We baptize by sprinkling, pouring, or immersion (off-site, if requested).
Baptism is a Sign of
Since the time of the Apostles, when a household joined the Church, everyone would be baptized – adults and children. Then and now, Christian parents of young ones share their love for Christ through their promise to raise their children in the church at their child’s baptism.
Those who wish to bring a child for baptism are asked to attend a one-time baptism class. You can register for the class online HERE or by calling the church office. We also ask that you attend worship at Wesley Freedom several times prior to attending the baptism class. As baptism is an initiation into community, we want to ensure that you are at home in the Wesley Freedom Church community and feel this is the best place for you and your family to grow in faith.
After participating in your baptism class you will be sent a link to schedule your child’s baptism.
Parents who attended the baptism class for their first child do not need to repeat the class to schedule a baptism for other children. Please contact us HERE if this is the case.
Youth & Adults
We baptize youth and adults who desire to begin or affirm their relationship with Christ and the church through baptism. Those old enough to speak for themselves claim Christ as Lord and Savior at their baptism. If you are interested in being baptized, contact a pastor or youth leader and we will schedule a time to prepare for your baptism.
Holy Communion (or the Lord’s Supper, or Eucharist) is a mystery too deep for words. United Methodists believe that when we celebrate this sacrament Christ is really present through the community gathered in Jesus’ name, through the Word proclaimed and enacted, and through the elements of bread and wine shared. We proclaim three central things in our celebration of communion: “Christ has died; Christ is risen; Christ will come again”
At Wesley Freedom, we celebrate communion every week at the 8:00am service, and on the first Sunday of every month & special occasions at the 9:30am & 11:00am services. The elements are bread and unfermented grape juice, and we have gluten-free elements available. We practice an open table, meaning all Christians are welcome at our table, whatever their denomination or age.
No preparatory class is required for children to receive communion. Because Christ commanded us not to put any barrier in front of a child coming to him, even infants and toddlers are welcome to receive the grace freely given by God through the sacraments.
Have Questions About Sacraments at Wesley Freedom?
Check out our FAQs or email Pastor Ian
Sacraments (Baptism & Holy Communion) are a special kind of means of Grace that were commanded by Jesus himself. We believe that the sacraments are not mere symbols, but since Jesus promised to act through them, God is actually at work in the water of Baptism and in the Bread & Wine at communion.
However, The United Methodist Church doesn't recognize baptisms of groups that don't baptize in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, or that don't believe in the way God is described in the Nicene Creed (like Oneness Pentecostals, Unitarians, and Latter Day Saints/Mormons). If you were baptized in one of these traditions, then you are eligible to receive Christian baptism in The United Methodist Church.
Most adults who accept God's invitation to baptism do so at the same time that they join Wesley Freedom as a member, so they take our New Member class first. More information on membership can be found here.
Then, read over the UMC's beliefs about baptism linked at the top of this page and sign up for a Baptism Class with Pastor Jenny.
In Holy Communion, we believe that Christ makes himself present in the elements and in the gathered community, and gives us grace through the celebration & the receiving of the bread and cup. This grace continues to transform us to become more like Jesus and plants the seeds of resurrection in our bodies so that we, too, will rise like Christ.
Customarily, Holy Communion is a meal for baptized Christians. If you haven't been baptized yet, you can also participate in Holy Communion with us, but if God is calling you to receive this sacrament, this is evidence that God is calling you to be baptized and become a Christian. In this case, you should talk to a pastor after the service so that you can be baptized as soon as possible.
If your allergy prevents you from eating traditional and gluten free bread, or from drinking grape juice, the tradition of the church is that Christ is fully present in each element by itself, so you can receive the full benefit of Communion from the element you are able to eat.
If you are unable to consume both bread and juice, the tradition of the church is that God will always provide the grace of Communion to those who desire to receive while being physically unable.