Sacraments: Communion and Baptism

How We Practice Communion
We believe that all are welcome who wish to share this meal remembering Jesus Christ. Parents decide when their children are ready to share in the communion meal. We alternate between two styles of serving the communion meal:

Serving communion by intinction - June 7, 2015
Intinction
Intinction means taking a piece of bread and dipping it into a shared cup. Members walk by rows to the front of the sanctuary. The server will say a blessing as you eat the communion bread. In order to serve those for whom walking is a challenge, servers are glad to come to you in the pew; please let an usher or the person next to you know if you would like a server to come to you.  The chalice holds grape juice; the tray holds gluten and gluten-free breads.

Individual Cups
When we want to allow people to serve one another, we pass trays of bread and drink in the pews.  The pale drinks in the center are wine; the dark drinks in the outer rings are grape juice.  On the bread tray, you'll find both gluten and gluten-free bread.  After each person has been served, the pastor will signal that all should eat or drink together.

United Church of Christ on Communion    

Healing Prayer is offered in unison with the sacrament of communion at the 10:30 worship service.

The Pastor and/or Deacons will offer healing prayer to individuals who desire it. After receiving communion you are invited to approach the prayer corner before returning to your seat.  The prayer corner is in the far back corner of the sanctuary, opposite the narthex doors.

What is healing prayer? Prayer itself can be healing when we are open to Spirit to calm our anxious thoughts, or when we surrender a fear that has been weighing us down, or when we offer gratitude for one of life's beautiful blessings. Healing prayer is the opportunity to ask someone else to pray on your behalf, to intercede with words and with healing energy as it is shared in a sacred circle. When one approaches the healing prayer corner, either the Pastor or a Deacon will greet you there. You are invite to share a specific prayer request, or to simply ask for "prayer." Prayer requests offered in the prayer corner are confidential and will only be shared between the Pastor and/or Deacon offering prayer that morning. You are welcome to speak with Pastor Jenny if you have additional questions about healing prayer in worship.


How We Practice Baptism
Our members have been baptised by immersion in a local pond and by a handful of water from our baptismal font. Some are baptised as infants, their spiritual development entrusted for the time being to their parents and the church. Others are baptised when they confirm their faith as teens or as adults. If you would like to be baptised, your first step is to talk with the pastor so that together you can prepare the ritual which makes sense in your faith journey.

United Church of Christ on Baptism