The celebration of the Sacrament is open to the whole believing community. The invitation is extended to all who have been baptized or who come in faith, repentance, and love. Baptized children who have been instructed in the significance of the invitation to the Table and their response are also invited to receive the Lord’s Supper.
The Lord’s Supper is served at least once a month. When it is served by intinction (the administration of the sacrament of Communion by dipping bread in juice and giving both together to the communicant), those who are receiving approach the front of the church and are offered the Bread which the receiver then dips in the Cup. When communion is served by the Elders, the congregation remain seated and pass the plate across each row. The church then shares the bread as one body. The Elders then pass the Cups. Each person holds their cup until all are served, then share the blood of Christ together.
As there is one body, there is one Baptism. The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) recognizes all Baptisms with water administered by other Christian churches. At Shelby Presbyterian, you may see young children or adults receiving Baptism by sprinkling from the Baptismal font.
Affirmation of Faith:
Each Sunday we affirm our faith together through reciting one of our creeds. It will be printed in the bulletin.