Communion in Pictures

Communion is the service in which Christians remember the way in which Jesus died for their sins. In some Christian denominations, they call this service "mass" or "Eucharist". Baptists usually call it "Communion", "Holy Communion" or "The Lord's Supper".

The way this is done varies from denomination to denomination and from Church to Church within each denomination. It may also vary from time to time in a particular Church. This page has a series of photographs of Communion being served at Teddington Baptist Church with a commentary on each photograph. These pictures show how Communion was celebrated on one particular Sunday in December 2006 at Teddington Baptist Church. The person leading this service is Rev Richard Littledale, who was Minister of the Church at that time. We usually have Communion as part of two Sunday services each month.

Introducing Communion The person standing up is leading the service. He will explain what the service is about and say that anyone can attend but only Christians should eat the bread and drink the wine.

The people sitting in the chairs will help serve the bread and wine. Anyone can lead or serve at the service, although the people chosen will usually be people who regularly attend the services at the Church.

details of the communion table This picture shows the main items on the table. There are usually several plates of bread already cut into small pieces. There will also usually be a small loaf of bread. It is all ordinary bread bought from a shop.

There will usually be several trays of small glasses each full of wine. (We use non-alcoholic wine or wine juice bought from the supermarket.) There will also usually be a large cup (or goblet) which is usually empty before the Communion service begins.

Breaking the bread After introducing the service, the person leading will break the loaf into several pieces, placing one piece of the loaf on each of the plates of bread. He will explain that the bread represents the body of Jesus "broken for us".
Pouring out the wine The person leading may then pour some of the wine from one of the small glasses into the large cup explaining that the wine represents the blood of Jesus "shed for us".

After this, one of the servers will say a prayer of thanks for the bread and the wine. They will thank God that Jesus gave up his life and died to save us from the consequences of our sin. This prayer will usually be in their own words.

Serving the bread The person leading will give the plates of bread to the servers and take a piece of bread for themselves. The servers take the bread and offer it to everyone else who will still be seated. As they offer the bread, the server may say "the body of Jesus broken for you". Those who take the bread will eat it straight away.

The servers then return to their own seats and are each served with bread by the person leading.

Serving the wine The person leading will then hand the trays of wine to the people serving. Everyone will be given a glass of wine as with the bread, but this time everyone holds their glass without drinking the wine until everyone has been served.
Serving the wine Now everyone drinks their wine together, after the person leading has said words like "the blood of Jesus shed for you".

At the very end of the service there will usually be a prayer led by one of the servers for those people who are unwell - this prayer will always be said by someone who is confident in praying in public without using a written prayer.

Most Christian churches have this kind of service because Jesus told his disciples to have a special meal to remember him until he comes again. In the Communion service Christians remember:

  • the meal which Jesus shared with his disciples the night before he died on the cross.
  • that when Jesus died, his body was broken on the cross - the bread represents his body.
  • that when Jesus died, his blood was spilt - the wine represents his blood

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