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The Methodist Church 3: Ministry and Sacraments
Methodist Ministry First of all, what is “ministry”? At its simplest it means “service” – helping, guiding, teaching, supporting, representing, leading the people of Jesus in their life as Christians. This is the work of the whole church because it is the work of Jesus himself being continued by the whole church. Ordained ministers are recognised by the whole Methodist Church as representatives of the church community. But people who have not been ordained In Methodism are recognised locally (in a church or a Circuit) to join with the ordained ministers in the work of ministry. In Methodism there are two kinds of ordained ministers, known by two names from the New Testament: Presbyters and Deacons. There are men and women in both kinds of ministry. Ministers are ordained centrally, by the Methodist Conference, meeting annually in late June. So each minister is recognised by the whole church. Whereas an Anglican minister has to have a licence from a bishop, a Methodist Minister, once ordained, can serve in any Methodist church. Holy Communion and Baptism Holy Communion is a central part of our worshipping life. In a Holy Communion we re-enact the Last Supper Jesus shared with his disciples. He himself told us to do exactly this in remembrance of him. Like the Church of England and the United Reformed Church we baptise children, as a sign that God’s love for us does not depend either on our understanding or agreement. This does not mean, however, that individuals don’t have to make their own response to God’s love. We are all invited to do this in a service of Confirmation.