At Faith Church, we celebrate Holy Communion at weekly worship gatherings on the first Sunday of the month, and at other special services during the year. Both those who are worshipping with Faith at the church in Bellefonte and those who are worshipping with Faith online are invited to participate.
who can participate?
We believe that Jesus invites anyone and everyone who loves him, wants to live a changed life with him, and seeks to become like him to participate in this special, though simple, "meal" of bread and juice.
You do not have to be a member at Faith Church, or any particular age to participate.
what do I need?
If you are celebrating this meal with Faith in person, you will be offered a packet of gluten-free bread and a sealed cup of grape juice (often called the "elements") as you enter the sanctuary.
If you are participating online, be sure to gather some bread and juice for yourself and anyone who's there with you before the worship gathering begins. You can use any kind of bread or cracker, and any kind of juice or wine (some form of grape, traditionally).
The pastor will guide you in prayers and reflection, and instruct you when to open, eat and drink the elements during the service. Sometimes, there is music during this part of the worship gathering; you are welcome to sing along or listen quietly.
what is communion?
The Lord's Supper, Holy Communion and the Eucharist are all names for this sacrament celebrated by United Methodists. Each of these names highlights an aspect of this act of worship.Holy Communion brings together our worship and our work in the world.
According to This Holy Mystery, The United Methodist Church's official document on communion, " 'The Lord's Supper' reminds us that Jesus Christ is the host and that we participate at Christ's invitation." Jesus invites us to take part in the special meal he ate with his disciples the night before his crucifixion, and other meals he shared in homes and on hillsides.
The term Holy Communion invites us to focus on the self-giving of the Holy God which makes the sacrament an occasion of grace, and on the holiness of our communion with God and one another," This Holy Mystery continues.
Finally, Eucharist, from the Greek word for thanksgiving, reminds us that the sacrament is thanksgiving to God for the gifts of creation and salvation.
I have questions.
Great! We encourage everyone to learn about this practice of our faith.
To talk to one of our pastors or staff members, click here for contact information or call the church office at 814.355.3358.
For further reading, check out these resources:
- The Meaning of Holy Communion
- This Holy Mystery: A United Methodist Understanding of Holy Communion
- A lighthearted and easy-to-understand video that explains communion is "Chuck Knows Church: Communion"