Holy Communion

Holy Communion or the 'Lord's Supper' is an act of worship that is held at least once a month as part of a worship service when bread and wine is shared.

The communion service follows the example of Jesus and is based upon the command of Jesus to his disciples on the night he was betrayed . At that time, Jesus met with his disciples to eat the passover meal and during the couse of the 'last supper' he took bread , gave thanks for it and shared it among them with the words 'Take, eat, this is my body'. After the supper he took the wine and shared that also , saying 'Drink from it, all of you; for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins' (Matthew 26 v 26 - 28). In doing this Jesus established a practice that has been continued ever since by his followers. Through this simple meal, he assigned meaning to his death which would follow on the next day. 

Sharing communion together:

  • helps us remember that Jesus became human and offered himself as an atoning sacrifice upon the cross. It reminds us that he is the 'lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world' (John 1 v 29). Communion helps us remember that in Christ, God has done something that transforms the human situation and opens up a way of access to God.
  • proclaims the future hope that Christ will come again. When Jesus broke the bread with his disciples he went on to say 'I tell you, I will never again drink of this fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father's kingdom' (Matthew 26 v 29).
  • becomes a means of grace as through taking communion we expereince the love and forgiveness of the risen Christ through his Holy Spirit.

Sharing communion together is good for the church as it is a visible symbol of our salvation. As we take communion on a regular basis, it reminds us of his sacrifice. It draws us togther in unity and reaffirms that bond. It reminds us that we are equal in God's eyes since all of us need the grace of God. It breaks down the barriers of ethnicity, culture, wealth and status and requires us to share in a simple meal. It releases to those who have faith in Christ a renewal of his grace and goodness.

Any person who belongs to the Lord can share in communion. We give an invitation to all who love the Lord Jesus Christ and are walking in love and charity with their neighbour to take the bread and wine. With such an invitation, people are left free then to make their own decision in good conscience as to whether they should participate. The ability to worship 'in spirt and truth ' is what God seeks (John 4 v 24). For this reason believers and others who may be present are rightly asked not to share in communion in an 'unworthy manner' (1 Corinthians 11 v 27). Children are welcome at our communion services and will receive a blessing from those leading, however, parents will decide when they feel their children are ready to take communion.

Although communion is led by the Minister or a leader of the church, we serve the bread and wine in several different ways. Ocassionally, we invite people to the front of the church to receive the bread and wine in small groups. On other ocassions the bread and wine is served by deacons and other members of the congregation by passing it around the congregation. Often the congregation will share the bread and wine with each other. The Minister will also receive the bread and wine from other church members. In this way we expereince a sense of unity by also we share in this way for our mutual encouragement and growth in grace.