As Methodists, we have two sacraments: Initiation (Baptism) + Nurture (Communion). These are the two things Jesus commanded all Christians to do. In one sense, the sacraments are symbolic. We do not believe in transubstantiation (the substance of the elements changing to become the physical and literal body and blood of Jesus). On the other hand, the sacraments are far more than symbolic—they are a means of grace. God’s grace is truly present in these elements. We believe they are means where people are converted and healed in a variety of ways.