Methodist History: Why Isn’t Communion Every Sunday?
In United Methodist churches, communion is an “open table,” bread and grape juice are offered to everyone in attendance. Communion services may be held weekly, monthly or as seldom as four times a year. Dale Patterson with the church's General Commission on Archives and History tells us why churches within our same denomination offer the sacrament on different schedules.
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Dale Patterson, General Commission on Archives and History: “We as Methodists don’t necessarily have communion every Sunday. We might in some churches. But in general we don’t. Why? That goes back to our roots. As Methodist clergy in the late 1700s, when the denomination first got started, a pastor who could administer communion and baptism, was on a circuit traveling around. They might be going to 12 different places. They may be going to 20 or 30 different churches on their circuit, which means they couldn’t be in church every Sunday. So what happened was, the pastor always gave communion when he got to a church. And
This video was first posted on May 25, 2017.