Communion at Westmoreland
Questions about communion practices at Westmoreland
1. At What age may children partake in the sacrament?
At any age when parents and/or children feel they are ready. Children may come to the table and receive a blessing from the minister or may share inthe sacred meal.
2. Who prepares the sacraments?
Members of the Board of Deacons.
3. Who is allowed to bless and serve the elements of bread and juice?
The Ministers bless the bread and cup and Deacons assist with the serving. As the worshipers come forward to the table, a Deacon usually holds the bread and says "the bread of Life" to each person communing. The Minister usually holds the cup of juice in which the person dips the bread and says "the cup of the new covenant." This is called communion by intinction.
4. What happens if I can't go to the front of the church to participate at the Lord's Table?
There are two Deacons who go down the middle aisle inviting people to come forward. When they see that someone can't come forward, they ask if they wish communion. These deacons then tell the ministers, who come to serve that person where they are sitting.
5. What happens if I can't leave my home or I am hospitalized? Can I take communion there?
Yes, the ministers have small "traveling" communion dishes and can bring communion to you wherever you are.
6. How often does Westmoreland celebrate communion?
We celebrate communion on the first Sunday of every month. During the seasons of Advent and Lent, communion is served in the chancel after worship.
Page last updated 12 April 2011.