Methodist method for avoiding swine flu

10 June 2009


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”.

15 Clifford Road
Sheffield S11 9AQ

Latest Cartoon

The Church Times Podcast

The Church Times Podcast, hosted by Tim Wyatt and Ed Thornton, features a mixture of interviews and news analysis. Listen online

Subscribe now to get full access

To explore the Church Times website fully, please sign in or subscribe.

Non-subscribers can read seven articles each month for free.