Who can partake of communion?

Presbyterians practice open communion.  The Lord’s Table is open to all that believe in Jesus Christ as their savior.

Page updated 2/5/17

How often do we have communion?

In the Presbyterian Church, you are only required to have communion quarterly.
What does our church do?

  • The session determines how often we celebrate the Lord’s Supper.  (Book of Order, W-3.3101, 5)
  • The First Presbyterian Church of Lake Alfred has communion Quarterly.  The dates for 2017 are:
    • Sunday, February 5, 2017 (this is for the 4th quarter of 2016)
    • Sunday, March 5, 2017
    • Sunday, June 4, 2017
    • Sunday, September 3, 2017
    • Sunday, December 3, 2017
  • Special times -
    • At this time we have determined that we will have communion on Ash Wednesday, March 1, 2017
    • Other times as approved by Session.


Communion in the Presbyterian Church

Communion 2/5/17

Who can serve communion?

Any elder in the Presbyterian Church.  Once an elder, always an elder. 

  • There are two types of elders: the teaching elder (pastor) and the ruling elder.
  • Ruling elders retain their ordination for life, even though they serve fixed terms, and thus may serve communion.