Currently, Communion distribution is done two different ways at St. John’s. At the 8:30 Sunday morning service and some special services it is distributed continuously at the rail. At the 10:15 Sunday morning service, Christmas Eve services, and Easter services it is distributed continuously on the floor by the front pew. Beginning Sunday, September 2nd, Communion will be distributed the same way at all services, continuously on the floor by the front pew. There are three primary reasons for this upcoming change.
- Greater accessibility – The number of people who are uncomfortable or unable to climb the stairs at the 8:30 service has grown in recent years. Distribution on the floor allows easy access to those using canes, walkers, or wheelchairs. Those who prefer to receive Communion in the pew should sit in the front pew on either side.
- More time for prayer – Those wishing to go to the rail after receiving Communion for personal prayer time are invited to do so. Worshippers may stay at the rail for as long as they need.
- Continuity – Distributing Communion two different ways has caused confusion for worshippers who are attending a service where Communion is being distributed in a way that is not familiar to them. Distributing Communion the same way at all services will eliminate the confusion.
We anticipate this change to go fairly smoothly since most everyone at St. John’s is familiar with this way of distribution because we have been doing it this way for many years at our Christmas and Easter services.