In Holy Communion, we remember and proclaim God's saving work through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. We are reminded again of the gifts of God's grace and forgiveness given to each of us. In communion, we celebrate what God is doing among us and in us. This sacrament is often called by other names, including the Lord's Supper, the Last Supper and Eucharist.
In the United Methodist Church, Holy Communion is open to all persons. You do not have to be a member to participate. At First United Methodist Church, we celebrate Communion as part of our regular worship services throughout the year, generally on the first Sunday of the month as well as at special services such as Maundy Thursday and Christmas Eve.
What does the United Methodist Church believe about Communion?
The United Methodist Church recognizes baptisms from other faiths and churches.
What does the United Methodist Church believe about Baptism?
Baptism is a Covenant between an individual and God. It is God’s word to us, proclaiming our adoption by grace and our word to God, promising our response of faith and love.
First United Methodist Church of Gadsden welcomes your inquiry about the Sacrament of Baptism and we look forward to assisting your family with planning this special day. It is our desire to make your baptism a most memorable occasion.
Persons of all ages can be baptized at First United Methodist Church. Please contact the church office if you are interested in finding out more about scheduling a Baptism.
The United Methodist Church has always offered to people being baptized and to the parents of infants the choice of sprinkling, pouring, or immersion. Sprinkling is a common practice, but the person being baptized (or their sponsors) can choose the method most meaningful to them. We believe that "the power of the Spirit in baptism does not depend upon the mode by which water is administered, the age or psychological disposition of the baptized person, or the character of the minister. It is God’s grace that makes the sacrament whole." (By Water and the Spirit)