HOLY COMMUNION: Currently offered on the first Sunday of the Month, Methodists celebrate an “open” communion table-all are welcome! You have only to desire to receive Communion to come to the table. It was John Wesley himself, founder of the Methodist Church, who said that” it is the duty of every Christian to receive the Lord’s Supper as often as he (she) can.” We are commanded by Christ Himself, Wesley points out, to “Do this in remembrance of Me.” Forgiveness of our past sins, strength for our journey here and now are all part of the gift that is Holy Communion. As Paul mentions in his letter to the church at Corinth, by eating the bread and drinking the wine we become the outward signs of the inward grace, we become the body of Christ redeemed by his blood and given, as Christ himself was, to the world.
The method we use for communion is known as “intinction.” You are given a piece of the bread in your hand and then offered the cup of grape juice (we do no use alcohol) and you dip the bread into the cup and bring the bread to your mouth. Should someone be unable to come to Church on Communion Sunday the Pastoral Care Team will gladly make arrangements to bring Communion to the home.
Through this outreach the Sunday service is able to extend its reach into the homes of all the members. There is also a special team that goes into the area nursing homes on the days following the first Sunday of the month. These services provide a very special gift to members of Epworth and even non-members who are residents of the nursing home who might want to participate, that the love of Christ and the Epworth Congregation spreads far and wide.