Week ending Saturday 13th June
Home Communion. At Home & Online?
“Really?” you say! Well, I’m sure this is what you’re thinking! So, here’s how we propose to facilitate the Home Communion Service while we’re all on “stay-at-home” mode!
Date for Communion Service – Saturday, 13th June 12pm
If you read the story of the very first Passover in Exodus 12 you will notice that the children of Israel were in lockdown … in Egypt. But God was just about to do something amazing – break them out! And so God asked them to celebrate that very first passover, in their homes, together.
And they were to celebrate that very first Passover for one reason – to celebrate that God would bring them out of slavery in Egypt to the Promised Land.
In the Gospel of John, chapter 13, we find Jesus asking his disciples to celebrate the Passover Meal with Him – in a home. No lavish church building, no spire or stained glass windows – just a few of Jesus’ close friends, gathered in a room together to celebrate Passover.
But Jesus had even grandeur ideas. As they sat round together that evening, the disciples listening intently to Jesus speak, He began to speak of the Passover Meal in a different way. This was to become symbols of his own life and death.
On 13th June, and the few days preceding this – we as a church family will once again celebrate this great ordinance in our homes. Following in the footsteps of the Beloved Saviour. With our family members and loved ones hopefully with us, we will get to experience the Communion Service like we’ve never experienced it before. And it will be special.
A unique experience
This will be a unique experience; for you, and if you have children, for them too. Consider taking time to plan for this … you really will reap the rewards.
If you have kids, get them involved in the making of the communion bread and grape juice. They will remember this for the rest of their lives!
A Shared Experience to Remember
While it is perfectly possible to just make communion bread and either buy or prepare grape juice quickly and with no fuss, we would encourage you to go beyond the basics – and turn this into a shared experience to remember. Below, in PDF format, we have put a link to a sample preparation guide which you might like to follow with your household as you prepare the communion bread and grape juice. It includes, bible readings and songs. Feel free to adapt and change it to fit your own personal circumstances – it is just a guide.
The download contains information on the ingredients you will need for the communion bread. Don’t forget grapes to make the grape juice.
We suggest that you download the PDF below, have a read through it, and then work out how your and your family / household will shared the experience together of making the bread/grape juice. Of course, it is also possible to just make the bread and buy the grape juice – but why not turn this “stay-at-home” experience we have to have, into a wonderful Shared Experience with others, if possible.
Need help with making the Communion Bread?
If you would like to make sure you know exactly HOW to make communion bread before starting the Shared Experience … have a watch of the video below to see how it might be done. Please note that the exact details may differ slightly – as the video is American.
Alternative to Shared Experience
We would encourage you to, if possible, follow the Shared Experience, or do something similar, as you make your own communion bread and grape juice. However, if don’t want to or can’t for some reason, that is understandable. But we don’t want you to be left out of the Home Communion Service. So we will happily send you a small communion pack in the post. This pack will contain 1 small cup of grape juice and 1 small piece of communion bread as you can see in the image.
To request a communion pack as the alternative to making the communion bread and grape juice yourself, please send a text or WhatsApp message to 089 211 1507 with you full name, current postal address, and how many small communion packs you will need for the members of your household who can take communion. These commion packs will need to be requested at the very latest on Tuesday 9th June, otherwise An Post will not be able to get them to you in time.
Is there anything else I should know? Yes!
There are 1, 2, 3 other things you need to know to be ready for Sabbath 13th June.
Preparing for the foot-washing
If you are living at home with other people then you will be able to take part in the foot-washing. If you don’t you may want to consider missing this part of the communion service out this time round.
Items needed – 1 bowl per person. Some warm water from the tap. A towel.
We would encourage you to experience the foot-washing service together with those in your own house either on Friday evening, on Saturday morning before Sabbath School, or alternatively, on Saturday afternoon after the Worship Service.
Worship Service, Sat 13 June
The worship service on Sabbath 13th June will be focussed on the Communion Service. You will need your pre-made or pre-ordered communion bread & wine with you during the service. We will lead you through the rest.