Baptism is the Sacrament through which we are initiated into the church and begin a lifetime of discipleship. Baptism is the means of grace for rebirth and initiation into the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. It is a symbol of repentance and inner cleansing from sin.
Fairhaven generally practices Baptism by sprinkling and will baptize infants, as well as children and adults. If you are interested in being baptized, we would love to speak with you more.
The Lord’s Supper
The Lord’s Supper provides spiritual nourishment for our journey of following Jesus. The United Methodist Church affirms the real presence of Christ in this Sacrament, believes it to be a sign of our redemption and represents the love and union that Christians have with Christ and with one another.
On the first Sunday of every month, Fairhaven serves an Open Table welcoming all to receive Christ through this particular means of grace.
Life Event Services
Confirmation is primarily for those who were baptized at a time when they were unable to answer for themselves but are now able to make the decision that they wish to become followers of Jesus Christ thereby becoming Full Members of the church. Confirmation is a part of the Baptismal Covenant and such persons now seek to confirm their baptismal vows by receiving instruction and making a public profession of their faith.
If you or someone you know is interested in Confirmation, please feel free to contact us for more information.
The United Methodist Church believes that marriage is an entry into “a sacred covenant reflecting the Baptismal Covenant” as well as entry into “a sacred covenant reflecting Christ’s covenant with the church.” The marital vows specify how the couple will live as disciples of Jesus Christ in the context of their relationship with each other.”
Baptism is our initiation into God’s covenant with us through Christ and marks the beginning of a lifetime of growing as followers of Jesus. In Christian marriage, that covenant is reaffirmed. So, the bride and groom enter into union with each other through the grace of Jesus Christ, who calls them into union with Himself as acknowledged in their baptism.
Ministry with those who are ill and dying is an important part of the work of United Methodist pastors.
On his deathbed, John Wesley, the founder of the Methodist movement, spoke and repeated these final words, “The best of all is, God is with us.” In ministry with those who are dying, United Methodists continue to share that good news. In our life and in our death, the best of all is, God is with us.
“Ministry with the Dying” includes prayers for use as a person is dying and a commendation for use at the time of death. The resources also encourage pastors to consider offering Holy Communion, and a time to reaffirm the Baptismal Covenant.
“Ministry Immediately Following Death” offers prayers to use with family and friends gathered at the time of death. The prayers acknowledge feelings of loss and grief, request God’s strength in these difficult days, and proclaim our hope in resurrection and life everlasting through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Fairhaven can assist with a funeral or memorial service. The purpose of these services of death and resurrection is “to praise God and to witness to our faith as we celebrate the life” of the one who has passed. These services are the opportunity for the community gathering in response to the death of the person, to not only proclaim our solidarity with each other through this time of grief, but also proclaim our faith in the resurrection of the dead and the hope of new creation, promised by Christ.