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FAQs: Communion

United Methodist leaders will discuss the possibility of churches offering Holy Communion online during a Sept. 30-Oct. 1, 2013 meeting at the denomination's Board of Higher Education and Ministry in Nashville, Tenn. A UMNS file photo by Mike DuBose.

What is the United Methodist view of Communion?

Team of pastors, church leaders and theologians share background on Holy Communion and perspectives about offering the sacrament online. Read More

How often do United Methodists take communion?

Each local United Methodist church determines how often to serve communion. Read More

I am not a member of The United Methodist Church.  Can I still receive communion?

The table of Holy Communion is Christ's table, not the table of The United Methodist Church or of the local congregation. The table is open to anyone who seeks to... Read More

May a person who has not been baptized participate in Holy Communion?

Yes, our church does not seek to close God's Table, although the historic and normal Christian order of the sacraments is baptism first - as birth into the family -... Read More

Can children take communion?

In The United Methodist Church, children are welcome to receive communion. Parents may decide when their child should begin receiving communion. Read More

Who can assist the pastor in communion?

Communion is one of the responsibilities and duties of a pastor. The pastor may "train deacons and lay members to serve the consecrated communion elements." Read More

I am allergic to wheat.  Will I be able to take communion?

Will I be able to take communion if I have a wheat allergy? Read More

Should we use unleavened bread for communion?

Either leavened or unleavened bread is acceptable. Read More

What is an Agape Meal?

The Agape Meal, or Love Feast, is a Christian fellowship meal that is often practiced in Covenant Discipleship groups or other small groups. Read More