Who Needs a Portable Communion Set
Group one: some Priests, deacons, elders, and laypeople regularly visit the hospitalized and the elderly. In those environments, the portable communion set allows them to be open to the Spirit’s leading, or easily provide something that in some cultures is considered a necessity to a believer. That’s nothing like us, we partner with a local mission who does it, and we might recommend they try it. For us – Inconclusive.
Group two: Remote missionaries can use portable communion. We found sets with a convenient carry pouch, slip-covers for the plates and trays, and sufficient product to serve 25-50 people. A few teens on a summer mission’s trip armed with travel communion sets minister to a whole tribe, and then pack everything up and within a few minutes be ready for more ministry. Using them to bring the sacrament to the Sunta River jungle, ok. We have youth outreach every year. The youth group was so excited about something as simple as a travel communion set, they were ready to spend the entire church budget on jungle communion kits. Excitement from the right group – we’re in, but the kids have to raise the money.
Group three: We have several executives who travel for work. One has started to attend his house church from his hotel room via Skype. He thought it was genius. He can enjoy communion just as if he were in the room. He can take a little kit thing that holds sealed wafer & juice sets like those little coffee creamers at Chik Fil A. He peels back one layer and removes the wafer, then peels back a second cover and there is a pre-measured little serving of juice. These things cost $3.50 but he can be right there when his house church takes communion. Love it.
Is Portable Communion the Future?
Point one, great for some groups, just not us. Point two; Right group, right reaction, great idea; in the right hands for the right purpose they’re perfect, that is us. Point three, I wish I’d invented these things.