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The Big Question

This month’s question is: ‘How does your church make communion meaningful?’
The Rev Dr Grant Barclay, minister, Orchardhill Church, Giffnock

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“At Orchardhill we’ve tried three things to make communion meaningful. We’ve moved chairs, moved times – and removed some ties!

“We celebrated communion last Christmas morning around a large, circular patio table. Moveable seating meant everyone sat entirely in the round, so all those worshipping saw both the table and, beyond, the faces of those who were there. There was something special, and unusual for many worshippers, in seeing the faces of those present as well as the elements on the table. It emphasised Christ’s bodily incarnation and our belonging together in him as well as seeing the more familiar elements of bread and wine on the table.

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