Communion The Church of the Nazarene believes that we celebrate communion (the Eucharist) in memory of the Last Supper that Jesus ate with his disciples. Luke's Gospel tells the story in this way Then he took a cup, and after giving thanks he said, “Take this and divide it among yourselves; for I tell you that from now on I will not drink of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.” Then he took a loaf of bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” And he did the same with the cup after supper, saying, “This cup that is poured out for you is the new covenant in my blood." (Luke 22:17-20) At Bethel, we practice communion every Sunday as an open table. This means all are welcome to come forward, regardless of church membership to receive the elements. We believe that the Eucharist is a means of grace. Therefore in the elements of bread and juice we receive the presence of Christ. As a church, we recite the story of God together and receive the elements.
Baptism The Church of the Nazarene recognizes baptism to be the acceptance of Christ's atoning work for our sins. During this act persons are invited to declare their faith in Christ and to embrace obedience to God through holiness and righteousness. At Bethel, we practice both infant and adult believer baptism which represents the new covenant with God. Baptism can be done by sprinkling, pouring, or immersion. We believe that baptism is initiation into the body of Christ. God's grace extends to all of God's creation prior to our ability to accept that grace. This is what we affirm in baptism, that God has indeed graced us with God's presence. We offer catechism and confirmation classes for adolescents to confirm their baptism or in preparation for their baptism.