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More questions? See our FAQ below.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is communion?

Communion, also referred to as the Lord’s supper, is a symbolic act of remembrance of what Jesus did for us on the cross. For more, see Luke 22, Matthew 26, and 1 Corinthians 11.

Why do we take communion, and who should take it?

We take communion because Jesus instructed us to as a way of remembering and celebrating what he did for us. 1 Corinthians 11:26 tells us that as often as we eat the bread and drink from the cup, we proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes again. Anyone who follows Christ can and should practice taking communion.

Can I take communion during weekend services?

Yes! If you believe in Christ, you are encouraged to take communion at any point in the weekend service. Spaces are available throughout the auditorium where you can pick up communion on your way into service, and take it when you feel you are ready. Clear instruction and a time of reflection will be provided at each of our services.

Where can I take communion? Can I take communion at home?

Yes! Contrary to popular belief, no one needs a theology degree to take or serve communion. Jesus instituted communion after the last supper (see Luke 22, Matthew 26), just before he was arrested. When Jesus provided instructions for communion, he said, "As often as you take it." It was therefore part of the early Church’s regular practice, appearing to be part of both large and small gatherings. We want to follow the same example, intentionally reflecting on who Jesus is and what He’s done through communion as we gather on the weekends, but also throughout the week with our families and groups.

Do I have to get communion from the church?

It’s available to take with you, but if you want to take communion with your own bread and juice, you absolutely can.

Can I take communion in my group?

Yes! We would encourage you to take it in your group. You could start or end your group time together by taking communion.

What do I need to do to make sure I do this right?

1 Corinthians 11 gives personal instructions for taking communion, and tells believers to “examine themselves” before eating and drinking. Make sure you and the others taking it with you are in the right mindset. Ensure that you’ve reflected on the condition of your relationship with Christ, and with others. Self-examination involves confession of sin, and the recognition of where you need to ask for or seek forgiveness from the Lord and from others.

Do I have to be baptized to take communion?

No, baptism is not a requirement to take communion. If you believe in and follow Jesus, you can take communion. In the New Testament, a confession of faith was typically followed by immediate baptism, and we’d encourage anyone who believes in Christ to follow Jesus’ example by being baptized as an outward expression of an inward change in their life.

Can my kids take communion, too? How do I know if they’re ready?

Parents should be the ones to discern if their kids are ready to take communion. If this feels intimidating to you, you’re in good company! Many parents feel unequipped to discuss Jesus with their kids—but parents have the greatest influence on their children’s faith, and it doesn’t take an advanced degree to talk about Jesus. We promise!

Here are some questions we’d encourage you to ask yourself:
Has my child confessed faith in Jesus?
Do they know what sin is?
Do their lives show evidence that they want to follow Jesus?
Can they articulate the significance of communion?

We don’t want any parent to feel like they need to rush it—it’s not magical, so taking it sooner than later will not keep children from sin or earn them extra favor with God. Waiting and holding off for understanding and maturity can be a good thing for your child. When you decide it's the right time for your child, walk through these questions with them: 

What is communion?
Make sure they understand what it is, and what it isn’t. Read Luke 22 together and explain that what you’re doing is symbolic, and not literal.

Why do we take communion?
Teach your children that we take communion because Jesus instructed us to as a way of remembering and celebrating what he did for us. 1 Corinthians 11:26 tells us that as often as we eat of the bread and drink of the cup, we proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes again.

How and when do we take communion? 
Coach your child through the logistics and the spirit of taking communion. You can decide if you want to take it during or after the weekend services together, or if you want to take it at home around the dinner table. That’s completely up to you! Also, help and encourage them to be in the right mindset and try to establish a ritual for your family where it’s a part of the weekly rhythm.