I occasionally visit a nearby Coptic church, where people receive Communion behind the iconostasis, taking off their shoes. I was told that this is the way Copts always do it.
Last Sunday though, I happened to attend another Coptic parish. People did take off their shoes, but the Holy Eucharist was taken to the nave and served near the first row of the pews (the church building used to be Lutheran and became Coptic only a few years ago). In both churches, men received the Eucharist on the left side of the church, and women on the right side.
So my question is: What are the rules for the location of communion being served? Was there maybe a difference last Sunday because it was Pentecost?
Can it be because the Church building hasn't yet been fully adapted to Coptic practice? I've been to Coptic Churches in the Egypt, Jordan, Palestine and I've always seen it on the sides of the main sanctuary. But I believe that every Coptic Church I've been to was built as a Coptic Church, except for one that had been a Greek Church in Minya. But even there it was in side rooms.