Church Sacraments and Rituals

A sacrament is a sacred moment through which we connect with Jesus by offering ourselves in praise and thanksgiving. At Park Avenue United Methodist Church, we celebrate the sacraments of communion and baptism monthly. These sacraments have a special place in our time of worship because Jesus participated in them during his lifetime and asks that we do the same.

Weddings and funerals are other Christian rituals that give us the opportunity to reaffirm our covenant and draw near to God. In times of joy and in times of grief, our pastors and our community are here to stand with you and offer the hope and peace of Jesus Christ.


Baptism is a sacrament that marks the beginning of our lifelong journey as a disciple of Jesus Christ and that joins us with the Triune God, our community, and the whole of Christ’s church. Through the use of common elements—in this case, water—and through the work of the Holy Spirit we experience God’s saving grace, the forgiveness of our sins, and new life in Jesus. No matter your age or your ability to profess your faith, God claims those being baptized with divine grace.

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Christian marriage is a service of worship that celebrates the love between bride and groom. It is also a beautiful moment that celebrates God’s love for us, and the love Jesus calls us to share with the world. We look forward to being witness to this special day in your lives. 

Park Avenue pastors perform weddings for members and non-members of our church. Please contact Office Administrator Michelle Higgins, to discuss date availability, fees, premarital counseling, music, and other important details.



Jesus shared sacred meals in homes, on hillsides, and even in a locked room with his disciples on the night before he was crucified. Today, he continues to extend the invitation to each of us to partake in a special meal: the sacrament of communion. All who love God, who earnestly repent of their sins, and who seek to live in peace with one another are invited to this table. Celebrating communion together as a community nourishes and sustains us in our journey as disciples of Jesus Christ. 

The communion table is open to all. You do not need to be a church member or complete a class to partake in communion. People of all ages and abilities are invited to partake in this occasion of grace.


In our life and in our death, God is with us. We offer Christian funeral and memorial services that honor God and provide a meaningful celebration of the loved one who has passed on to life eternal. It is our hope that the pastors and community of Park Avenue UMC can offer comfort and care during this difficult season.

To plan a service, please contact Minister of Congregational Care Linda Tate to arrange a date, time, and officiating pastor.