From Mr Chris Lowry
Sir, — Recently, I noticed in an Anglican newsletter the concern about how to handle the administration of communion if the flu pandemic becomes a reality. The view expressed was that only bread would be distributed, to avoid the spread of flu germs.
It did not seem to occur to the author that other Christian denominations administer communion differently, and — even more relevant — that the denomination with which we signed a Covenant just a few years ago has a way of administering wine which would solve this difficulty.
I refer, of course, to the Methodist Church, where wine is poured into individual little glasses. At the Anglican-Methodist local ecumenical partnership (LEP) where I worship, we have wine in both types of receptacle at every communion service; so this seems an obvious solution.
Mind you, it does not seem to me that either denomination is taking the Covenant seriously — like most people in my LEP, I am a joint member of both denominations, and it annoys me that such a potentially fruitful document is being allowed to “fester”.
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