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:
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.