Holy Communion is a special time in the life of our church. God is present in a mysterious way, and uses this sacrament in ways we cannot comprehend, as a means of grace.
In the United Methodist Church we have an open table. This means that everyone, regardless of age, whether they have been baptized or are a member of the church, is welcome at the table. We believe that it is Jesus' table and Jesus invites all to dine with him.
Usually our format during Holy Communion is to prepare as a congregation by saying a prayer of confession. Together we pray The Great Thanksgiving, praying together words that Christians have used to praise God throughout these two thousand years.
Our ushers will direct people to front, where you are invited to kneel as you are able. At the 9:30 service, usually people stay at the altar rail as long as they like. At 11:00, usually we dismiss a group at a time with a blessing.
Because some persons have difficulty fighting the disease of alcoholism, we use unfermented grape juice rather than wine. We also have gluten free bread available, just let your server know if you prefer this.
Instructions for those who are servng bread from a loaf or a tray of glasses are available here.
Discipleship Ministries recently published The Meaning of Holy Communion in the United Methodist Church, available here as a pdf for download.
In 2004, the United Methodist Church officially adopted a statement of practice and theology of Holy Communion. You can read this at This Holy Mystery: A United Methodist Understanding of Holy Communion.
Occasionally we serve Holy Communion by intinction, where we are handed pieces of bread that we dip into a shared cup. Using one cup reminds us that we are one, the body of Christ, called to live in unity and community. Instructions for those who are serving by intinction are available here.