Holy Communion has its origin in the Passover Meal which celebrates the ancient Hebrews’ escape and deliverance by God’s hand from bondage to freedom. It is a meal to which Jesus gave new meaning as he shared it with his disciples on the night before his crucifixion. From the earliest of times, believers have experienced Christ as present among them in this holy celebration. Methodists believe Christ is present in this meal as Spirit, not actual flesh and blood.
Everyone who claims Christ as Lord is welcome at the table, for it is not a Methodist table, but the Table of the Lord. Children are most welcome! While they may not understand the deep theological meanings, they can share and feel the blessing of being a part of God’s family who love one another and who are deeply loved by Jesus Christ.
First Church takes the sacrament to shut-in and homebound members the week following each congregational observance. By arrangement with our pastors, Holy Communion may be celebrated by various groups in other settings.