Communion or The Lord's Supper is also referred to as Holy Communion, the Eucharist, and the Sacrament of the Altar.
At St. John we believe God gives us Holy Communion for the forgiveness of sins (Matthew 26:26-28) and the deepening of our relationship with Him and also each other. All who share in our profession of the Christian faith are encouraged to partake in Holy Communion provided they:
- have received Christian Baptism (Acts 2:36-38),
- recognize and confess their sinfulness (Proverbs 28:13; 1 John 1:8-9),
- forgive others (Matthew 5:21-24; Matthew 6:12) and
- believe the body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ are truly present, offered under forms of bread and wine (1 Corinthians 10:16; 1 Corinthians 11:27-29).
For questions about Communion or for parents of children wishing to receive Holy Communion (who have not yet received Lord’s Supper instruction), please speak with a pastor after the service.
Note: Non-alcoholic wine is offered in the blue section of the communion trays and gluten-free wafers are also available at all communion stations for those with special needs.
Additional Resources for Adults
This Bible study is not part of the Confirmation curriculum.
Lord’s Supper Teaching for Middle School & High School Students
Although this is primarily for students and their parents, this is a great training for people of all ages and backgrounds.
We will be offering a Lord’s Supper teaching session for any 6th-12th grade student wanting to participate in Holy Communion.
Cornerstone, 2nd floor
A parent is expected to attend with the student.
Traditionally, this teaching session at St John was reserved for 8th grade Confirmation students only, but we now offer it to ALL 6th-12th grade students.
Students who participate in the teaching session can then participate in Holy Communion for the first time at the evening worship on Ash Wednesday, February 10.
If your student would like to participate in Holy Communion and is not yet baptized, please contact Pua Coffman at .
If your 6th or 7th grade student struggles to understand the Lord’s Supper teachings, you as a family can choose to have your child wait until a later time to participate in Holy Communion. They can repeat the teaching sessions the following year if you so choose.
So how do you know if your younger middle school student is ready to participate in the Lord’s Supper teaching sessions? We provide guidelines and information to St John worshipers who want to participate in Holy Communion. Please read and discuss with your child their understanding and belief in the statement regarding the Lord's Supper at the top of this page.