A sacrament is a religious ceremony or act of the Christian church that is regarded as an outward and visible sign of inward and spiritual divine grace. The United Methodist Church recognizes the two sacraments in which Christ himself participated: Baptism and the Lord's Supper.
Water sustains life for humans, animals, and plants. We clean with warm water and relax in cool water. We find peace listening to the roar of the ocean or taking a stroll in the rain. Water is also important to our life in the church. In the Sacrament of Holy Baptism, we are initiated into Christ’s holy church, incorporated into God’s mighty acts of salvation, and given new birth through water and the Spirit. All of this is God’s gift of divine grace, offered to us without price.
In baptism, God initiates a covenant with us, announced with the words, “The Holy Spirit works within you, that being born through water and the Spirit, you may be a faithful disciple of Jesus Christ.” From the beginning, baptism has been the door through which one enters the church, the “Body of Christ” in the world. Baptism commissions us to use our gifts to strengthen the church and to transform the world.
We love baptisms at Still Waters Church! It is a blessing and a joy to welcome infants, children and families into our faith community! All are welcome!
The Lord’s Supper, Holy Communion, and the Eucharist are all names for this sacrament celebrated by United Methodists and Christians around the world. In the Lord's Supper God feeds us, sustains us and empowers us to live as Christians in the world. It is 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, celebrating the Lord’s Supper together nourishes and sustains us in our journey as disciples of Jesus Christ.
All are invited to join us in offering our prayer of thanksgiving and receive communion—regardless of age or church membership. At Still Waters Church, communion is offered on the first Sunday each month. (We serve gluten-free bread for communion.)