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The church and communion

Thomas Baldwin considers the place of communion in the Church of Scotland today
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FOR an illustration of the range of approaches to Holy Communion in the Church of Scotland, look no further than Colston Milton Church in Glasgow.

Occasionally, they will hold a very formal, traditional communion using the service familiar to most Church of Scotland members.

But at other times they will do something very different.

“The formal communion is something some of our elder members want to be part of our worship pattern and really appreciate,” says Jo Love, who is a deacon and member of Colston Milton.

“The other way is completely the opposite. We set up round three sides of a square with a space in the middle, and put rugs and cushions down for the children to sit around on.

“When it comes to the communion, the kids will lay the table, lay the cloth, go and get the plates and goblet. There are usually sharp intakes of breath at some point as we wonder who’s going to sit on the edge of the tablecloth and bring the whole lot down, but it hasn’t happened yet!

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