A note from Pastor Jess Davenport and Pastor Barry Petrucci about resuming the Sacrament of Communion at Portage Chapel Hill:
At the beginning of this pandemic, it seemed safe and wise to pause and reconsider how we did certain parts of worship. That led Portage Chapel Hill, along with most United Methodist churches, to discontinue the practice of having Communion as a part of online worship. Considering that online worship will be around for the foreseeable future, and that we strongly believe that Communion is an essential Christian practice and means of grace, we have decided to incorporate it back into our worship practice. This might feel weird and uncomfortable for some. If you are not comfortable taking Communion via livestream, or coming to the limited-attendance service, know that we value and appreciate your dedication to this Sacrament and it’s meaning.
We celebrate Communion in worship. When you worship online, you are still considered part of the gathered body and present in communal worship. For that reason, we would ask that if you plan to take Communion, you do so at the appointed time during the Sunday service when we gather together as a communal act.
Please feel free to reach out with questions or concerns,
Pastor Barry and Pastor Jess