How To Make Our Communion Bread
Each week, as we gather for the Sunday Liturgy, we’ll share together in Holy Communion. It’s perhaps the most important thing we do every Sunday. As we share in the bread and juice, we receive God’s grace in a tangible way, find sustenance for the journey, and are equipped and empowered by the Spirit of God to be the hands and feet of Jesus in the world.
At The Local Church, we practice an open table. It’s rooted in our belief that the table around which we gather each week belongs to Jesus who lived, died, and lives again with open arms.
To this end, as we were thinking about how to make Holy Communion as inclusive as possible, we started thinking about our bread. In particular, we lamented the experience of friends with allergies or food sensitivities who are often sent to a different, exclusive Communion “station” to eat a tasteless gluten-free wafer or from a separate loaf of bread.
We wanted to offer a different, more inclusive experience. We want everyone to be able to share in the same loaf.
So at The Local Church, we are proud to offer Communion bread that is gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free, soy-free, vegan... and delicious! You could call it a miracle or proof that heaven is real. We just call it homemade, fresh, and craving-worthy.
We’ve heard you want the recipe, so we’re excited to offer it below, courtesy of Alli Burks and Matt Paysour. (They brought this recipe with them from their time at the Wesley Foundation at UVA.)
3 cups gluten-free flour mix
2 tsp xanthan gum
½ tsp salt
3 tbsp sugar
1 tsp dry yeast
2 tsp coconut oil (+ a little extra)
1 ½ cup + 2 tbsp warm water
Heat oven to 200F. Grease 8x4 loaf pan or 8-inch iron skillet with melted coconut oil.
Combine dry ingredients (GF flour, xanthan gum, salt, sugar, dry yeast).
Combine warm water and coconut oil.
Pour wet ingredients into dry, mixing on high for 2 minutes in order to activate the yeast. (It should resemble a thick cake batter!)
Pour batter into greased pan and cover pan with tea towel. Turn oven OFF and leave bread in oven for 30 minutes to rise.
Take bread out and preheat oven to 400F. (Drizzle a little coconut oil on top for extra flavor if you wish!)
Bake bread (uncovered) 45-55 minutes.
Remove from oven and drizzle more coconut oil on top of bread.
Let cool completely before slicing.
Voilà! That’s it!