“The table is one of the most intimate places in our lives. It is there that we give ourselves to one another. When we say, “Take some more, let me serve you another plate, let me pour you another glass, don’t be shy, enjoy it,” we say a lot more than our words express. We invite our friends to become part of our lives. We want them to be nurtured by the same food and drink that nurture us. We desire communion…Strange as it may sound, the table is the place where we want to become food for one another. Every breakfast, lunch, or dinner can become a time of growing communion with one another.”
– Henri Nouwen, Bread for the Journey
The word communion has multiple meanings:
Communion /kəˈmyo͞onyən/ [noun]
- – the service of Christian worship at which bread and wine are consecrated and shared
- – intimate sharing of life and faith
We call ourselves a communion which, for us, is just another name for church. But when we say church we mean a specific kind of church, one where all are welcomed to the table.
The Kingstowne Communion exists to gather people into communion with Jesus Christ through –
- – courageous conversation
- – creative community
- – collaborating for the common good.
We are called to be in communion with:
- – God through worshipping around the Lord’s Table
- – Other disciples through gathering in Common Tables (groups of 5-12 disciples who gather weekly or bi-monthly to eat, share faith, and pray for one another), and
- – The world through extending the table to all who are hungry for deep communion with God and neighbor
The Kingstowne Communion is a new United Methodist church serving the Kingstowne area of Alexandria.