Originally Posted by ChasingPeace
I'm Roman Catholic, but not allowed to receive communion because my dh refuses to get an annulment so our marriage can be convalidated in the Church. So my answer is "never."
I'm so sorry. ((hugs))
I think at most Baptist churches, communion is just a memorial. It's not a "means of grace" or something that helps strengthen a Christian's faith. It's just something Christians are to do because Jesus said to do it "in memory of me." I think that is one reason they usually don't have it all that often.
At the Baptist church we used to go to we had it once a month. I admit that I didn't really look forward to it, because it made the service that much longer, and it was hard on the kids to have to be quiet for so long.
At the Presbyterian church we went to before that, we had it once a quarter (once every three months).
At the Lutheran church we visited while looking for another church, they had it every other week. It was at that church that I grew to love and appreciate communion. We were not allowed to take it there because in that particular Lutheran denomination you had to be a member to partake. It was so hard to see the other people in the church go forward and not being able to take communion ourselves.
And the first time I took it after that (at a different Lutheran church), I almost felt like crying. I felt such joy.
Now we attend a church that has it every week, and it's never meant so much to me, so my personal experience did not follow the idea that having it more often makes it mean less to a person. Our church is an independent church (no denominational affiliation), but it's very similar to a Presbyterian (PCA) church. I love the way we do it. At this church we are taught that it's a means of grace and helps strengthen one's faith.
It seems like at a lot of churches that communion is just kind of tacked on the end, but at this church it's an integral part of the service and the rest of the service seems to build toward that special time when we commune with our Lord.
For communion the deacons and elders who are giving out communion stand at the front of the church, and a row at a time the people in the congregation stand up and form two lines (one for the right side of the church and one for the left) and walk to the front of the church. Each family goes up together and first partakes of the bread. As we do it, we are told "____ family, this is my body broken for you, take, eat." And then we walk over to partake of the wine or juice (we have both available). And I love it especially when this one elder says it. He looks at each of us and says our names, and then says, "This is my blood spilled out for you for the forgiveness of your sins." It really helps impress upon me how much God loves me and how gracious and good and merciful He is, and I love being able to partake with my family (so far just my two older children and my dh and I partake, but our whole family walks up together).