Gilead Congregational Church
United Church of Christ
Communion is sacrament of remembering. We remember Christ’s sharing of his last supper with his disciples. We also remember Christ’s death on the cross, his resurrection, and his promise to come again. We remember God’s forgiveness and love. We remember our identity as a member of the body of Christ and we seek to be the body of Christ in the world.
Communion is shared on the first Sundays of the month and at special services (including Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday and our Blue Christmas Service).
At the 8:30 a.m. service, Communion is shared by intinction. People are invited to come forward and take a wafer, dip it in the cup, partake and then return to their seats. Anyone with mobility issues is served.
At the 10:00 a.m. service, Communion is served in the pews by our Deacons. A plate of bread is passed and then cups of juice are passed. The bread and cup are held and we eat and drink together.
During the summer, when we have one worship service at 9:00 a.m., Communion is served in the pews by our Deacons.
At the Gilead Church, all are welcome at the table regardless of age, religious background or for any other reason. We believe the table is not complete unless all are welcome.
On Communion Sundays, children in 4th grade and higher are invited to remain in worship and to receive Communion at their parent's or guardian's discretion. Every fall a workshop on the Sacrament of Communion is offered for 4th graders and their parents or guardians.