What is Communion within the Presbyterian Church?
Within the Presbyterian Church, we recognize two sacraments – Baptism and Communion. A sacrament is recognition of a command given by Jesus and is a sign of God’s grace and recognition that our faith is enriched. Through the Sacraments, God seals believers in redemption, renews their identity as the people of God, and marks them for service.
Communion is a time when we gather in worship to recognize the preaching of the Word and to celebrate the sharing of bread and wine as Jesus commanded us.
When does Communion take place, and what are the Elements?
In the First Presbyterian Church of Plymouth, we offer Communion on the first Sunday of each month, as well as on certain church holidays throughout the year. The communion elements consist of bread and grape juice, which is served instead of wine.
How is Communion Served?
Communion is conducted in one of two ways:
- Served: The bread and the cup are taken down the aisles by church elders and are passed to members in their pews.
- Intinction: All who wish to participate come forward down the center aisle, take a piece of bread, dip it into the cup, and return to their seats.
Do I need to be Presbyterian to receive Communion at FPCP?
No. All baptized Christians, whether or not they are members of our church, are invited to share in communion. Just as Jesus invited the children to come to Him, so we believe that He invites them to His table, and so children are welcome to share in communion as well.