Posted 11 February 2005 - 04:39 PM
After some great time away from church, myself and three children, are returning back. I'm wondering how any you approached the church in regards to communion? Both my son and myself have had pos. blood test results, but due to neg. reactions to anesthia we can not do biopsy's. Any suggestions for the approaching the subject with the church? We are still new to the church and don't want to cause to much attention, but want to partake in the communion.
Thanks for any suggestions,
Posted 11 February 2005 - 05:57 PM
Otherwise, for example, in the Protestant churches, they are very tolerant--you can order gluten-free hosts over the internet (not sure where) and the pastor will give that to you--you can keep it inconspicuous.
The other option is taking the wine (if you don't want the low-wheat host). I wouldn't recommend this either since the hosts are sometimes dipped in the wine, plus if people take the host, then drink, crumbs could get into it or something.
Posted 12 February 2005 - 12:08 PM
My opinion is that God wouldn't want me to eat something that was going to hurt me. He made me this way, and he made my body to be healthy when it is gluten-free, so why would He want me to hurt myself with taking communion!? I go to an Assemblies of God church and the Pastor there is very understanding. I know that others have not been as fortunate as I am with their experiences. It shouldn't matter whether you are new to that church or not. You should make an appointment to speak with the clergy as soon as possible to take care of the matter.
Mariann, gluten intolerant and mother of 3 gluten intolerant children
Posted 12 February 2005 - 01:21 PM
gluten-free since January 2004
Posted 13 February 2005 - 12:40 PM
I bought a box of the Ener-G communion wafers, mentioned in the above post. They are wonderful wafers, near identical to normal. I took the entire box to my Pastor who then consecrated them. They are stored in a very safe place in my home and each time I go to church I take a wafer with me. The Pastor and Elders know who I am, so as I go forward to participate in communion I hold up my wafer and they nod and let me pass. If there is a community cup for the wine at a service, I pass. If there are individual cups I partake of the wine.
I also splurged and purchased a portable communion kit. I bought this at FamilyChristian.com. I figured it was worth the purchase as myself and my two children are Celiac, and we enjoy traveling. In the kit is this wonderful brass wafer container which is removable. The Ener-G wafers magically fit just right. I keep my wafer in the small brass container so it has a safe trip from home to church in my purse.
As our congregation is very large, my Pastor is considering offering a gluten-free option during communion since after talking with me we both concurred that there are probably others who would appreciate it.
Posted 13 February 2005 - 03:39 PM
For now, I still go to mass but don't take the wafer. I remember times after church being really sick but not knowing from what. Only after learning about gluten did my husband and I see what it was doing to me.
My husband receives communion and I say a prayer when he returns....so I guess he takes it for both of us.
There is no way that I would eat the wafer knowing what I know now and remembering how I reacted.
I'm sure in light of health issues all will be forgiven but if you need to feel a part of the mass why not participate in another way like a reading or bringing up the gifts.
The wine is always another option although I am not comfortable with that for myself and lastly fidn out if you can bring your own communion wafers that are gluten-free and aks your priest if he would be willing to bless them for you.
Just my thoughts....good luck.
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Posted 13 February 2005 - 08:08 PM
gluten-free since January 26th, 2005
Feeling up and down, but better!
Mommy of a gluten-free 8 yr old, a 6 yr old who (much to her dismay) will be gluten-free soon and a 2 yr old who is so far symptom-free. Contemplating putting the whole family on the gluten-free diet since crumbs have become my nemisis!
Posted 13 February 2005 - 08:15 PM
Sorry, just had to comment. I used to be Catholic and this is even more reason to stear clear of THAT denomination...this way of thinking..it's just wrong.
Posted 13 February 2005 - 08:38 PM
Thank you again,
Posted 13 February 2005 - 11:08 PM
If I remember, I take my own gluten-free wafer, other times when I forget, I take one from the plate, and then give it to my hubby.
The Pastor is very understanding and most of the congregation know I'm celiac.
Working towards wellness.
gluten-free (or trying to be) since December 1st 2004
positive blood test - Oct. 2004
positive biopsy -Nov. 2004
Posted 14 February 2005 - 04:31 AM
Posted 14 February 2005 - 06:25 AM
My church lets me bring my own whenever we have communion they were very find about it too.
Gluten-free since January 2004
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Posted 14 February 2005 - 06:32 AM
Works for me!
Diagnosed with Celiac Disease in March 2004
Postitive tTg Blood Test, December 2003
Positive Biopsy, March 3, 2004
Posted 14 February 2005 - 11:59 PM
We are at least blest that we don't run into problems at church...our pastor's wife is celiac and almost died before they figured it out. Needless to say, accomodations are made readily.
9 yrs gluten-free
...also DH, fibromyalgia, neuropathy, osteopenia, hypothyroid...
After almost 10 years, I am doing soooo much better!
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