Holy Communion or the Lord’s Supper is the central act of Christian worship, in which the Church responds to our Lord’s command, given at the Last Supper, “Do this in remembrance of me”.
The Holy Communion Service is usually conducted at the end of the morning service on the first Sunday of the month, as some members of the congregation do not wish, or feel unable, to take part in the service. Twice or three times a year the sacrament is celebrated at the evening service.
Although most Methodist worship services do not follow a liturgy, the Methodist Worship Book contains nine liturgies for Communion services, six of these specifically prepared for seasons of the Christian Year, for example, Christmas, Easter and Pentecost.
The minister presides at the Communion service and is assisted by a Local Preacher. The people come forward and kneel at the Communion Rail to receive the bread and wine, which is given in small individual cups.