Communion

      

 

Several times a year the church holds a Communion Service. At Craigsbank

this is the first Sunday in February, June and October - at East Craigs it is

one week later. We also have Communion at Easter - both on Easter Sunday

and on the Thursday before Easter (Maundy Thursday which is the night

of the Last Supper)

 These services are slightly different from our normal services.

The focus of the service is on the sharing of the bread and wine in

commemoration of the Last Supper in which Christ shared bread

and wine with his disciples the night before he was crucified. 

 

              

 

This is called Holy Communion or the Eucharist and is a custom common

to churches throughout the world not just the Church of Scotland. It has

also been common to churches throughout the ages. In the Bible we are told that: 

          "Every time you eat this bread and drink from this cup, you commemorate
          the death of our Lord, until his coming."    

 

                  
                                                                                                              
 

       You can also see a picture in our History page of Communion being shared

       outdoors in 17th century Scotland. Click here.

 


                                           

                                  Communion at Craigsbank and East Craigs

 

        

 

      

 

Communion at Craigsbank is a simple ceremony and you are welcome to

participate in it. Again the Order of Service will guide you through the proceedings.

There is no Children's Talk but the rest of the service for the first part is the

same.

 

       

 

The sharing of bread and wine takes place towards the end. The wine is

distributed by a few of the church members and it is in individual small

glasses. Similarly the bread is broken up into small pieces and is passed

around. Lastly the Minister and the members who have been distributing share

the bread and wine. After this members of the congregation greet each other

and say Peace be with you to each other.


The service concludes with a prayer and a hymn before the benediction.

 

                                     

 

You can view a Communion Order of Service here.


In the most recent church magazine the minister wrote an article about Communion

and this interesting item is shared with you below.

                                                           


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