Sacraments and Rites

Sacraments

The United Methodist Church celebrates two sacraments: Christian Baptism and Holy Communion

The Sacrament of Holy Communion

The Sacrament of Holy Communion is served the first Sunday of every month and on church holy days.  The United Methodist Church celebrates an open table.  You need not be a member of this church or any church to partake of the sacrament.  All who profess a faith in Jesus Christ are welcome.  Gluten -free bread is always available and our wine is always alcohol-free.

The Sacrament of Christian Baptism

The Sacrament of Christian Baptism is administered to people of all ages.  Typically, children are baptized as infants out of a profound faith in prevenient grace.  However, older youth and adults who have not been baptized or are not sure that they have been baptized are also invited to receive the sacrament.  The Sacrament of Baptism is typically part of a Sunday morning worship service, so the Christian community can surround the recipient with love.  If you are interested in baptism for yourself or your child, please contact the church office.

Rites

Marriage

If you are interested in being married in North Olmsted United Methodist Church or by Rev. Mark, please contact the church office.  Nonmembers are welcome to be married here, schedule permitting.  Couples seeking to be married in the church are required to attend three premarital counseling sessions with Rev. Mark – approximately one hour each.  If you are interested in being married in the church or by our clergy, please call the church office.

Funerals

Funerals within the church or by our clergy can be conducted for both members and nonmembers, schedule permitting.  Rev. Mark generally asks to meet with the family of the deceased a day or two before the service to get to know the deceased and plan the service.  Please contact the church office for further information.

Confirmation

Confirmation is a rite within the church where youth (approximately 13 years old or in the eighth grade) confirm for themselves the vows that were made on their behalf when they were baptized.  Confirmation Class meets for approximately 45 minutes/week for fifteen weeks as we discuss the theology, history, and structure of the Christians Church and the United Methodist Denomination.  Confirmation is celebrated during the Pentecost Church Service.  Youth interested in confirmation should contact Rev. Mark.

Ordination

Ordination is the final step toward full-time ministry within the United Methodist Church.  Ordination is conducted at the conference level..  If you are interested in full-time ordained ministry in the United Methodist Church, please see Rev. Mark.