World Communion Sunday is the day when churches all over the world all have communion together in spirit.
The custom began at a Pittsburgh Presbyterian Church in 1933. At first, few other churches took it up. During World War II, however, the custom spread as Christians around the world sought to increase a sense of unity.
The custom spread beyond the Presbyterian denomination, and now churches everywhere observe World Communion Sunday on the first Sunday in October.
In the past, Fayetteville’s First United Presbyterian Church has used international breads, textiles from around the world, and multiple languages to mark World Communion Sunday.
This year, some members the congregation will take communion at home while watching the livestream service. Services will also be held in person at 8:30 and 11:00.