What is communion?

Jesus' Last Supper, the Passover meal He shared with His disciples on the night before He was crucified, is the biblical foundation for the Communion meal celebrated in His honor by Christians all over the world today. With His twelve friends gathered around Him for the traditional Jewish Passover meal, Jesus "took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, 'This is My body, given for you; do this in remembrance of Me.' In the same way, after supper He took the cup, saying, 'This cup is the new covenant in My blood, which is poured out for you'" (Luke 22:19–20).

Communion FAQ

When is Communion celebrated?

Communion is celebrated once a month, typically on the first Sunday. Occasionally it will be moved to another Sunday or a special evening service, if appropriate.

Who can take Communion?

Communion is something intended for Jesus' followers, by which they acknowledge and remember His work on the cross—the ultimate sacrifice made on our behalf for the forgiveness of the sins of humankind. Lakeland extends an open Communion table, meaning the invitation to receive Communion is open to any follower of Christ, regardless of their membership at Lakeland or church background. Anyone who has accepted His forgiveness and surrendered their lives to Him is invited to share the Communion table at Lakeland.

Those investigating Christianity who have not yet made a commitment of faith through Jesus Christ are encouraged to simply let the Communion plate pass by, utilizing that portion of the service to pray and invite God's activity into their investigation of faith.

I am on a gluten-free diet. Can I still celebrate Communion?

To meet the dietary needs of our congregation, all elements of communion are gluten-free.