The Sacrament of Holy Communion is the meal of bread and wine (cup) shared by the family of Christ that opens us to the power and presence of the Holy Spirit. In addition, it reminds us of Christ’s sacrifice in giving up His body and shedding His blood to show us the way to freedom and eternal life. It nourishes and sustains us as we seek to live as faithful disciples (followers) of Christ. It is a celebration of our life together as the living body of Christ in and for the world.
Holy Communion is the Lord’s Supper, not ours. United Methodists practice an “open table,” which means that “Christ our Lord invites to His table all who love Him, who earnestly repent of their sin, and who seek to live in peace with one another.” We do not refuse anyone who desires to receive. The decision to receive Communion is between you and God. If, for whatever reason, you do not choose to receive Communion, simply remain seated when others go forward. Similarly, parents decide when it is time for a young child to begin to participate in Holy Communion.