The first Sunday in October is World Communion Sunday. Here is some information about communion and World Communion Sunday. See you Sunday!
Communion: The Meal that Makes Us One
As one of two sacraments of The United Methodist Church, Holy Communion has become a practice repeated time and time again to receive nourishment for the journey of being a Christian.
MaryJane Pierce-Norton shares its meaning in this video meditation to reflect on how this holy meal nourishes your own faith journey. The images in this video were taken by photographers from various United Methodist conferences and agencies.
World Communion Sunday
World Communion Sunday. It’s a special worship service observed by several Christian denominations, taking place on the first Sunday of every October. But, what exactly are we celebrating? See this “Chuck Knows Church” episode about World Communion Sunday.
World Communion Sunday started in 1933 by a Presbyterian church. It was a time where people felt without hope, they felt divided. And the idea sprang out of this church was, we need a Sunday were all who are Christians gather at a table and remember we are one.
World Communion Sunday is observed the first Sunday in October. It is one of the special Sundays authorized by the General Conference to be observed with the taking of an offering throughout the denomination. The observance focuses the attention of United Methodists on the universal and inclusive nature of the church. One half of the proceeds from the offering is for World Communion Sunday Scholars administered by the General Board of Global Ministries. The remaining one half is to be used for the Ethnic Scholarship Program and the Ethnic In-Service Training Program, which are administered by the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry.
Nelson Mandela said, “Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world.” And because the people of The United Methodist Church believe that all of God’s children have been created and gifted to build the kingdom Jesus ushered in,” we’re resourcing them to do just that. Because of your giving on World Communion Sunday, the most powerful tool to change the world is in more hands.
Together, United Methodists do remarkable ministry around the world. We care for survivors recovering from earthquakes and storms; we invest, long term, in vulnerable communities; we implement the most effective solutions to diseases like malaria; we equip the next generation to lead the church and society. In all of this, we share the good news of Jesus Christ.
World Communion Sunday offerings provide hope and help for others throughout the world. Please give today.