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View Poll Results: Do Women Serve Communion in Your Church?
Yes, they do, and I don't have a problem with it. 16 57.14%
No, they don't, but I wouldn't have a problem with it if they did. 10 35.71%
Yes, they do, and I have a problem with it. 1 3.57%
No, they don't, and I'd have a problem with it if they did. 1 3.57%
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Old 6th December 2005, 11:44 AM
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Women Serving Communion?

This is a word-for-word copy of a poll that is running in the Restoration Movement subforum right now. I wanted to get some opinions from some other non-denominational believers as well.
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Before I started attending my church, I had never seen women serving communion in any church I'd ever set foot in. But in my church, women and men serve communion alongside each other every Sunday.

I was a little weirded out at first (more from being shocked than from having any problem with it), but now I'm so used to it that I don't give it a second thought. Unfortunately, I haven't seen women serving communion in any other church I've been inside.

What are your thoughts?
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Old 6th December 2005, 12:52 PM
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I and my husband help serve communion and collect the offering when asked. I don't see anything wrong with it. I'm being asked by men of the church to do so so I say yes.
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Women don't serve communion in our church. This is the 'official' statement of why:

"While there is no specific biblical teaching on this matter, the elders of Central Christian Church believe that two principles from 1 Corinthians 10 and 11 are relevant to this policy.
The first principle is the distinctive doctrine of Christian liberty, which holds that both men and women are free to serve as God calls them. Acts 2 reveals God's intention to pour out His Spirit on all people, both men and women, for the purpose of equpping them to carry out His ministry on earth. Central Christian Church is committed to this principle and will continue to encourage men and women to seek God's guidance on how He may be leading them to serve in His church.
At the same time, the elders believe the second principle, which holds that our liberty may need to be limited, should condition this first principle by the culture in which we live. We must be sensitive to the accepted practices, conventions, and traditions of our culture so that we do not unnecessarily create social turmoil at the risk of hindering the Gospel.
Therefore, upon request to the elders, this policy may be reexamined through soliciting from the congregation what practices, conventions, and traditions are important concerning the serving of communion. This solicitation would be accomplished through our normal Heart-to-Heart meetings. In order to measure the degree of disruption or acceptance that would likely result from changing the tradition of only male members of the church serving commuion, the elders would only rely on a vast majority in favor of changing this tradition.
Central Christian Church is highly appreciative of the service its women provide through ministry groups and personal avenues and encourages all women to seek service to the Lord through these avenues."

Sorry for such a long reply. In short, no women don't serve communion in our church, mainly because there would be some people that would complain because they think only men should do it. I don't agree, but it's really not that big of a deal to me.
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The Bible give no specific direction on this point.

Since serving communion in no way places a woman in a postion of spiritual leadership over a man I see no problem with this.

Our church does not have women serve but that is simply because our custom is for the Deacons to do this and we believe Deacons are to be men.
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Yes, I am apart of them we help serve them b/c we are ushers and I don't have a problem with it and God doesn't look at whether we are a girl or boy. He just looks at the heart your soul and spirit. Nobody in our church has a problem with it someone wrote decons do it there is such a thing as deconness which are girls.
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Yup they serve communion in my church and I don't have a problem with it at all!

But then again, we have women priests too (and I don't have a problem with that, in fact, I helped picket... )
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I'm actually not in a church right now... but I have absolutely no problem with women serving communion.
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I don't understand why there would be a problem, I never knew there were churches where they were not allowed...
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Within the next year the deconesess in my Baptist church will be serving communion. I'm excited! I think women do need to be involved in the church.

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