Our Annual Communion Season

In August of 1742, a crowd of 50,000 gathered in Cambuslang, Scotland, for an outdoor communion service amidst the revivals of religion then erupting all throughout the Western world. The setting was the Great Awakening, which burst on the scene in 1735 with the preaching of Jonathan Edwards in Northampton, Massachusetts, and the conversion of George Whitefield at Oxford.
The broader context of the revivals was the long-standing practice of intense communion “seasons” by Scottish Presbyterians, as well as the Puritans of England and New England, throughout the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, and indeed which persist to the present day in the Highlands and on the Isle of Lewis. Revivals in Scotland were frequent in older times, and, as the Dictionary of Scottish Church History & Theology says, “(they) were usually associated with the celebration of the Lord’s Supper.” These occasions typically began with preparatory preaching services Thursday through Saturday nights. The messages were cross-centered, Christ-focused, and soul-searching. Sunday morning communion was administered and Sunday and Monday evenings thanksgiving services followed.
The theological context of intensive communion seasons is the understanding of the Lord’s Supper as a sacramental meal, which as such, has signifying and sealing functions. The latter of these means that communicants “seal” their covenant with Christ at the Table. The Supper is that place in the life of the church where Christ and His people seal, in the sense of ratify or confirm, their mutual commitments and obligations, all in the context of shared fellowship.
Consequently, the Lord’s Table became that place where church members would do their business with God. It is not surprising that the “Camp Meetings,” usually associated with Methodism, grew out of the Scottish Communion season. What became an “altar call,” summoning the children of the church, the backslidden, the unconverted, and even the faithful to affirm or reaffirm their repentance and faith in Christ, originated as a call to the Table.
Our aim each year is to return to this older, more biblical practice of making the Table the center of the spiritual life of the church. We do this not by increasing the frequency of our observance, but the intensity. This has always been the preference of the Reformed Church when choosing between observing the Lord’s Supper more often or with greater care. Careful has gotten the nod, we think rightly, over frequent.
We would like this season of cross-centered, Christ-focused, soul-searching meetings to become a regular feature of our congregational life. More than that, we are praying that it will become a means of reviving our church, and reviving our community.
We’ve made it easy for families by providing meals prior to or following the service. We’ve scheduled the services for early to mid August, before the distractions of football season, in order to minimize conflicts and maximize participation.

Our Schedule: aUGUST 4-6, 2023

Service times

Friday Evening (8/4)
6:30-7:30 pm
Session 1: "A New Heart" (Ezekiel 26:24-28). Service will be in Telfair Hall. Supper precedes at 5:30.
Saturday Morning (8/5)
10:00-11:00 am
Session 2: " A New Name" (Isaiah 62:1-5). Service will be in Telfair Hall. Breakfast precedes at 9:00.
Sunday School (8/6)
9:00-9:40 am
Session 3: "A New Song" (Psalm 96:1-6). Joint Sunday school class in Telfair Hall.
Sunday Morning (8/6)
10:00-11:15 am
Session 4: "A New Covenant" (Jeremiah 31:31-34). Communion Service will be in the Sanctuary.
Sunday Evening (8/6)
5:30-6:35 pm
Session 5: "A New Heaven and Earth" (Isaiah 65:17-25). Service will be at our Point Pleasant location on Talahi Island.

About OUR SPEAKER (2023)


Rev. Dr. Carlton Wynne grew up in Houston, Texas, in a gospel-believing home with a passion for learning and for sports. He attended Princeton University (2002), where he met his lovely wife, Linley, with whom he has three boys. After college, Carlton worked with Reformed University Fellowship in Dallas, Texas, before attending Reformed Theological Seminary in Charlotte (2010) and returning to his home state to serve as a pastor. Seeking to serve the church through academics, he completed a Ph.D. in systematic theology at Westminster Theological  Seminary (2015)
 in Philadelphia, where he taught for years before moving to Atlanta in 2020 to join the pastoral staff at Westminster Presbyterian Church. Carlton preaches often at Westminster's Sunday evening service, teaches Sunday school, and serves as an adjunct faculty member at Reformed Theological Seminary in Atlanta. His academic interests include trinitarian theology, apologetics, and biblical theology in the tradition of Geerhardus Vos. But he especially enjoys the congregation at Westminster and rejoices in being husband to Linley and father to his sons.

Our Menu


5:30-6:20 pm
Fried and Baked Flounder with Lemon Tartar Sauce; Fried Chicken Tenderloins; Hush Puppies; Cheese Grits; Caesar Salad; Key Lime Bars.
9:00-9:50 am
Scrambled Eggs with Smoked Gouda Cheese; Hickory Smoked Bacon and Sausage; Grits; Mixed Fruit; Scratch-Made Buttermilk Biscuits and Scones.
6:35-8:00 pm
Garden Salad with Buttermilk Ranch Dressing; Grilled Jerk Chicken; Smoked Pork Tenderloin with Chimichurri; Green Beans with New Potatoes and Baby Carrots; Rice Pilaf; Blueberry Crumble with Vanilla Ice Cream.