All baptized Christians are invited to receive Holy Communion at Trinity Church. The theology behind this stems from two core beliefs. First, there is but one Church. This is affirmed in the Nicene Creed by the phrase ‘one, holy, catholic, and apostolic’, in which the word ‘catholic’ means ‘universal’. Second, the mystery of how Christ is present in the Sacrament is something which scholars can debate, but it is sufficient to accept in faith that Jesus himself is present to the believer.
Baptized children are encouraged to receive Communion as soon as possible. Parents are allowed to determine when they believe this to be. This being said, many people come from traditions where the act of taking Communion for the first time represents a milestone in one’s faith. Consequently, when there is a group of children whose parents would prefer take Communion in a formalized ceremony classes will be created to give instruction and First Communion will be celebrated.
Christians from other branches of the faith are encouraged to receive communion “in any manner in which they are accustomed”, whether in the form of bread and wine, or just the bread. Piety, such as standing, kneeling, taking Communion into one’s mouth or hands, is allowed to be a matter for the individual. Intinction (where the host is dipped into the chalice and then placed in one’s mouth) is allowed, although this should be done by the Eucharistic minister.
Private Communions are not celebrated, although those unable to attend Sunday services may receive Communion from the reserved Sacrament. Interested parties should speak to the Rector to make an appointment.
Gluten free Communion wafers will be made available when the need arises.