What we call Communion goes by many different names: Holy Communion, Eucharist, The Lord's Table, The Holy Meal. Whatever you call it, we believe that the practice of taking the bread and cup is an act of thanksgiving wherein the gathered community remembers the gracious deeds of God reaching out in love to humanity, offering ourselves as a holy and living sacrifice in union with Christ's offering for us. This is not just something we do because it is nice, but as we commune together in this way, God imparts grace to us—the grace for forgiveness, and the grace that transforms us. If you would like to read more about the UMC understanding of this Sacrament, feel free to check out an online resource called This Holy Mystery.
At Apex UMC, we share communion in worship every Saturday night, and regularly across all of our worship times on the first Sunday of the month. When we do, we receive communion through a pattern called intinction. This is really just a fancy name for the traditional practice of receiving a piece of bread and dipping it into the cup.
The Methodist Church has long served grape juice instead of actual wine in order to be more inclusive. And at Apex UMC, we have extended this tradition by offering an allergen-free communion station in contemporary worship (9:35 and 11:00) for those with dietary concerns or limitations. The center communion station serves consecrated wafers free of gluten, wheat, casein, dairy, nuts, eggs, corn, yeast and soy, and are low protein.