On these two Sundays adjacent to the new year we will spend time looking at the two foundational practices of our Christian tradition. Baptism and Holy Communion are the two sacraments of the church (because they are things Jesus told us to do). However, Christians often take these practices for granted and people outside the faith often misunderstand them. Through these two weeks we will teach history, theology, and practice regarding these sacraments as well as help people think about how they can communicate and talk about what these practices mean to them.

December 30th – Baptism Remembrance

Series: Keep Christianity Weird

Title: Baptism

Scripture: Mark 1:9-11, 1 Corinthians 12:13, and Matthew 28:19-20

Theme: As we prepare to close out 2018 and transition into 2019 we will reflect on baptism, the historical roots, what it means for us today, and what it means for us to make disciples “baptizing them….” We will also offer people a chance to remember or reaffirm their baptism or to think about what it might mean to be baptized with a special element in the service.

January 6th, 2019 – Communion

Series: Keep Christianity Weird

Title: Communion

Scripture: Matthew 26:26-28, 1 Corinthians 10:17

Theme: On this first Sunday of the New Year we will explore sacrament of communion and what it means for us as followers of Jesus today. We will look at the story of Jesus celebrating the Last Supper with his disciple as well as one of the ways in which Paul reflected on what the eating and celebrating together meant. We will also talk about UM practice and symbolism around communion.