The Sacraments

  • Baptism

CL020.24  The Baptism

The essential elements of this Spiritual Service are:

1. The intention of the minister to administer Baptism and the intention of the recipient to receive it.

2. Ablution of the catechumen with water

3. The pronunciation of an acceptable formula (e.g., “I baptize you in God’s name”).

In addition to the essential elements, the Chaplaincy requires the administration of anointing with the Oil of the catechumen. Ordinarily, the minister of baptism is a bishop or a Minister, but if neither is available, any layperson may perform the baptism using water and the formula.

CL020.24.1 Baptism is not a baby naming or welcoming who are in an apostolic ministry, Clergy of the Chaplaincy may conduct naming ceremonies for those who wish them.

CL020.24.2 The Chaplaincy recognizes that Holy Baptism may, in theory, be performed by an adult provided the correct form, matter and intent are present. However, it is usually performed by the clergy. The use of the formula of the invocation of the name of God is considered valid and the use of water is considered obligatory. The usual means of baptism in the Chaplaincy is by aspersion or effusion, although where the layperson concerned requests it, baptism by submersion is also permissible.

CL020.24.3 Clergy of the Chaplaincy may not refuse to conduct baptism or a naming ceremony on the grounds that the parents of the child concerned are not married.

  1. Baptismal Font
  2. Baptism
  3. Baptism (CKC)


  • Communion

CL020.25 Canon The Holy Eucharist

CL020.25.0.1 The Worship may be celebrated in the local language.

CL020.25.0.2 Wine, the fermented juice of the grape, should be used during the Worship; the use of grape juice is accepted. It is acceptable for Communion to be given into the hand.

CL020.25.0.3 There are no approved Liturgies in the Chaplaincy and freedom is permitted for clergy to offer worship as the Holy Spirit leads them as long as the liturgy used is dignified, Christian and balanced. There are, however, recommended Liturgies in the Chaplaincy, see the communion wording

Code of Practice. Principal ‘official’ services of the Chaplaincy, such as blessing, graces etc shall be based around the Independent United Methodist Chaplaincy Rites and the Liberal Rite. All who are present may receive Holy Communion without prior requirement of specific beliefs.

CL020.25.0.4  EMMI does not excommunicate. In the case of a person who is excommunicated from another Church but who desires still to receive Holy Communion, they shall be admitted to the service in the same way as any other non-member. However, EMMI ministers have the right to exclude.

anyone who is disruptive, violent or disrespectful when their presence may be counter-productive to the sacrament and those attending.

The essential elements of this Service are:

1. First, that the Spiritual Service is symbolic in nature and second, at that point in the Worship known as the “Communion,” the celebrant’s intent is that the bread and wine be a remembering into the Broken Body and Blood of Jesus.

2. Words indicating an offering of bread and wine to God; a recounting of the Last Supper including the Words of Institution (“Remember”); words indicating that the bread and wine will be share and; prior to distribution to the assisting ministers and congregation, the reception of the Body and Blood by the celebrant.

3. The use of leavened or unleavened wheat bread and grape wine.

The only authorized celebrants of the Holy Eucharist are Ministers and bishops.

The Independent United Methodist Chaplaincy is mindful of the kaleidoscope of expressions of Christian faith that has taken place after the Great Schism of 1054 C.E. but it is saddened by the restriction on the Universal participation that has arisen in many denominations since then. Recognizing that our heavenly father would desire that all his people receive the nourishment that the service provides, it is our intent that communion is opened to all God People.

  1. Holy Eucharist
  2. Confirmation  (Confirmation is not a sacrament, Baptism, Eucharist, Matrimonial, Onction, Orders)