A note from Pastor Jess Davenport and Pastor Barry Petrucci about resuming the Sacrament of Communion at Portage Chapel Hill:
The first Sunday of the month is quickly approaching and we are again going to celebrate the sacrament of Communion in worship. 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. We started the first Sunday in August, and will continue in these coming months.
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.
Chapel Hill will be providing “to-go” items for the Communion elements available at the church. They will have individually sealed crackers and a sealed container of grape juice (we are unable to provide a gluten-free option at this time). These elements have been prayed over by Pastor Barry and Pastor Jess, blessed as ordinary elements set apart for the use of communion in worship Sunday. Please note: they have not been consecrated as a part of Communion; that will happen as part of the worship service.
Please stop by the church to pick up juice and crackers in preparation for worship on Sunday, September 6. We ask that you take one container of juice and one package of crackers per household.
Pick-up times are:
- Thursday, September 3 from 5 - 7 p.m.
- Friday, September 4 from 9 a.m. - Noon
- Saturday, September 5 from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
- Sunday, September 6 after 8 a.m.
If you are unable to stop by the church, you may pick up grape juice and bread on your own and share the elements at home at the appointed time. Please feel free to reach out with questions or concerns.
Pastor Barry and Pastor Jess