Jesus assembled his twelve closest disciples to celebrate the Passover. He took key elements of the meal and gave them new meaning which were of symbolic importance.
Then Jesus took a cup, gave thanks to God, and said, “Take this and share it among yourselves. I tell you that from now on I will not drink this wine until the Kingdom of God comes.”
Then he took a piece of bread, gave thanks to God, broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in memory of me.” In the same way, he gave them the cup after the supper, saying, “This cup is God’s new covenant sealed with my blood, which is poured out for you.” (Good News Bible)
The service of Holy Communion, also called the Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper, was instituted by Jesus and is central to the Church today.
Both churches celebrate Holy Communion
on the second Sunday of March, June, and September.
However, Holy Communion is celebrated
on the first Sunday of December in Hamilton West Parish Church
on the second Sunday of December in Gilmour and Whitehill Parish Church.