Communion practices

Our Church accepts two Sacraments: Holy Baptism and Holy Communion.

We understand that Holy Communion stands at the center of the whole Christian worship. In the Sacrament of Holy Communion, also called the Lord’s Supper or Eucharist (meaning “thanksgiving”), Christians hear, taste, touch and receive the grace of God revealed through Jesus Christ in a unique way. The broken bread and poured wine represent – present anew – the crucified and risen Christ. The grain gathered to bake one loaf and the grapes pressed to make one cup remind participants that they are one body in Christ, while the breaking and pouring announce the costliness of Christ’s sacrifice for the forgiveness of sin.

At Bethel-Bethany UCC, the Communion Table is “open to all Christians who wish to know the presence of Christ and to share in the community of God’s people” (UCC Book of worship). Bethel- Bethany serves gluten free bread and grape juice. Children are welcome to partake in communion at their parent’s discretion at any age. Communion is served by intinction (dipping the bread in the wine).

Communion is celebrated at Bethel-Bethany on the first Sunday of each month and on Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter, and other times of the church year as requested by Worship Committee.