How We Practice Communion
At Community United Church of Christ we practice an “open table,” meaning that you do not have to be a member of our church to participate. You don’t have to be baptized or have gone through a confirmation process. People of all ages are welcome, even our young children! The only prerequisite is an open heart.
We believe that all people of faith are invited to join Christ at Christ’s table for the sacrament of Communion. Just as many grains of wheat are gathered to make one loaf of bread and many grapes are gathered to make one cup of wine, we, the many people of God, are made one in the body of Christ, the church.
Communion connects us in Christ whether we are online or on-campus. If you are worshiping virtually, we invite you to bring bread and wine – whether orange juice or Merlot, a slice of whole-grain bread or a gluten-free cracker – to worship. If you are worshiping on-campus, we will provide bread and juice in individual disposable cups which you will pick up yourself.
Our past practice had been to alternate between two styles of serving the communion meal:
Intinction means taking a piece of bread and dipping it into a shared cup. We walk by rows to the front of the sanctuary. The server will say a blessing as you eat the dipped bread. In order to serve those for whom walking is a challenge, servers are glad to come to you in the pew; please let an usher or the person next to you know if you would like a server to come to you. The chalice holds grape juice; the tray holds gluten and gluten-free breads.
When we want to allow people to serve one another, we pass trays of bread and drink in the pews. The pale drinks in the center are wine; the dark drinks in the outer rings are grape juice. On the bread tray, you’ll find both gluten and gluten-free bread. After each person has been served, the pastor will signal that all should eat or drink together.
How We Practice Baptism
Our members have been baptised by immersion in a local pond and by a handful of water from our baptismal font. Some are baptised as infants, their spiritual development entrusted for the time being to their parents and the congregation. Others are baptised when they confirm their faith as teens or as adults. If you would like to be baptised, your first step is to talk with the pastor so that together you can prepare the ritual which makes sense in your faith journey.