The Breaking of Bread

Covenant Meal

‘For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes.’
1 Corinthians 11:26

‘And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, the breaking of bread and to prayer.’
Acts 2:42

What is ‘the Breaking of Bread’?

We believe that ‘the Breaking of Bread’ is an important part of Church life. Some believers call this ‘Holy Communion’ or ‘the Lord’s Supper’ or ‘the Covenant Meal’ – it’s all the same thing.

It’s an opportunity for us to prayerfully remember that Jesus gave His life for us on the cross. It’s a time of thanksgiving too, and a way of celebrating our life together, made possible by His death. Jesus taught us to do this regularly.

What do the bread and wine mean?

We believe that the bread and the wine are symbols of the body and blood of Jesus, because He said so when He celebrated supper with His disciples just before His death. So these symbols remind us of that time and of what He has done for us.

Where and when do we break bread?

We believe that breaking bread is something Christians can do whenever they come together. It isn’t a religious ceremony that needs any special arrangements or people to perform, but it is something we do respectfully. So we may break bread on Sunday mornings, but also in home groups or in twos and threes when we get together.

‘He took bread, and when He had given thanks, He broke it and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” And likewise the cup after they had eaten, saying, “This cup that is poured out for you is the new covenant in my blood”.’ Luke 22:19-20

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