Communion Stations

April 18, 2006 — 1 Comment

In our staff meeting today we discussed using communion stations. We used one last week for the second time and it went pretty well.

A communion station requires participants to get up and come to a table to get the emblems.

Some congregations may not be comfortable with this method–and I completely understand–but our church has never had our own building (in 12 years), let alone our own communion table, so we have the flexibility necessary for this type of service to work.

We are beginning an Emerging service next fall, so we are planning for it now. In our Emerging service we are going to have at least 4 communions stations around the room and each station will allow the participant to focus on a different aspect of the crucifixion. Here’s what we’re planning for now:

Station One–The Love: Symbol–Heart
This station will help the participant to focus on crucifixion as an act of love. This station will have a huge paper backdrop on which participants can write words of love to Christ.
Station Two: The Grace: Symbol–Gift
This station will allow the participant to focus on the grace shown to us in the crucifixion of Jesus. Participants can bring a present (personal item, offering, gift box, etc.) to leave on the table.
Station Three: The Mercy: Symbol–Cross
This station will have a cross, nails, paper, and a hammer allowing people to write specific sins (fold paper) and nail them to the cross. We think the pounding of these nails will have a dynamic impact on those at the rest of the stations.
Station Four: The Hope: Symbol–Crown
This station will allow the participant to focus on the fact that the death of Jesus means life–and hope–for us.

Our goal is to facilitate focus on the cross and remembrance of Christ’s sacrifice.

I’d love to hear if your congregation uses, or plans to use, communion stations in the future.

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One response to Communion Stations

  1. 

    I appreciate the freshness of this approach. I was a part of a church while in college (30 years ago, it’s hard to admit) that used communion stations, though we didn’t call it that. It was an inner-city church and was trying to present the vitality of knowing Christ and living in Christina community. The approach used was not as well thought-out nor did it use the creative symbols. Rather, people were encouraged to worship and meditate and go to the station when they were prepared. People were encouraged to start a song for the congregation to sing while the meditation period continued. In addition, they were encouraged to use the time for reconciliation with a brother or sister, and go with them to take the communion. On several occasions, relationships were healed during this period of communion.

    Thanks for sharing your creative ideas, Arron.

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