Decatur UCC offers communion each week as an integral part of our 11:00 a.m. Sunday worship service.
Communion is served by both laity and clergy and everyone is invited to the table to receive the elements and a short prayer of blessing. Usually, we serve communion by intinction; that is, your server will dip a wafer (gluten-free wafers are available) in the wine (non-alcoholic) and place it in your mouth. You may serve yourself if you prefer. You may stand or kneel to receive or, if you are unable to come forward, we will bring communion to you in your seat.
Communion a sacrament of the church, a special place of meeting with God and an experience of unity with each other.
All are welcome at the table without regard to church membership or belief.
Q. I haven’t been baptized. May I still receive communion?
A. You may. The communion table has gifts of its own and God can meet you there.
If you would like to discuss baptism or the connection between baptism and communion in the sacramental life of the church, or if you would like to talk about being baptized, our pastors are happy to meet with you.
Q. May my children take communion?
A. They may. Children can connect with God in beautiful, simple, mystical ways and the experience of communion can be a place of spiritual nurture and feeding to your child. Receiving communion with the church also reinforces the sense of belonging, of being a part of the body. If you would like for a pastor or children’s leader to talk with your child about communion, just let us know.
Q. Does the church provide communion for those who cannot come to worship on Sundays?
A. We can. Just let us know if you or someone you know is home-bound or hospitalized and would like to receive communion. With advance notice and proper clearance, we can also serve communion in other institutions such as recovery centers or prisons.