Extended Serving of Communion

This resource offers guidelines for the Extended Serving of the Communion of the Church, according to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Directory for Worship (W-3.3616e). This document includes information on the history, theology, and practice of this ministry, as well as a brief order of worship for the Extended Serving of Communion with explanatory notes.

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  1. There are two relevant passages from the Book of Order: All baptized persons, whether children or adults, even though they have made no profession of their faith in Christ, are entitled to participation in the Lord’s Supper, to pastoral care and instruction of the church. G-5.0401b and b. Baptized children who are being nurtured and instructed in the significance of the invitation to the Table and the meaning of their response are invited to receive the Lord’s Supper, recognizing that their understanding of participation will vary according to their maturity. (W-4.2002) W-2.4011

    by Ada Middleton

    November 7, 2013

  2. My question is is it proper for children to receive communion before they join the church? My friend says no. I don't really know but cannot find the answer.

    by Ann Hines

    November 6, 2013

  3. Whar is the appropriate way to dispose of communion leftovers

    by lOIS

    May 6, 2012

  4. Amen, Dr. Kasonga! Thanks for your affirmation and support of this ministry.

    by David Gambrell

    PC(USA) Staff

    July 7, 2011

  5. I love it. This is one of the best statements of our Church for the training of Elders and Deacons in this important area of Worship and Sacraments. Beside the knowledge of liturgy in the common worship, this helps them cop with the practice of our understanding of "The Priesthood of All Believers." While many seem unecessarily botherded by "too much polity and discipline," this statement touches upon the most essential of our common ministry.

    by Rev. Dr. Kasonga wa Kasonga

    May 3, 2011