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Methodist History: Communion Cups


United Methodist Churches welcome everyone who believes to take communion. While this open table is the custom throughout the denomination, you may see slight differences in the way communion is offered. Some churches break loaves of bread to dip in a common cup and other churches prefer individual servings of grape juice. The way we take communion has changed over the years.

Mark Shenise from the United Methodist General Commission on Archives and History gives a look at some carefully designed communion cups which allowed Methodists to maintain decorum during Victorian times.

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Check out this list of Frequently Asked Questions about communion in The United Methodist Church

This video was produced by United Methodist Communications in Nashville, TN.
Media contact is Fran Walsh, 615-742-5458.

This video was first posted on September 22, 2016.