I went to visit the Coptic Church today, and I enjoyed myself. I was a little apprehensive about attending at first, being an African-American woman with 4 children visiting a new church can make you feel that way. I shouldn't have worried everything was fine. I remembered to sit on the right side of the church but forgot to bring a scarf, after the liturgy a lady showed me the basket where the scarves are kept. Very little of the service was in English, luckily there was a projector showing the prayers being said. So I wasn't totally lost. The sermon wasn't in English either. No one really spoke to me until the end, but everyone kept looking at us smiling and nodding their heads so I took that as if they were happy we were there. When we went up to receive some of the blessed bread the priest was friendly. He remembered me calling a couple of weeks ago and after the service he came and retook my number and email address and introduced me to a lady I am assuming was the church secretary and asked her to add me to the email list so I could receive the weekly schedule. I plan on returning weekly.
I do have a couple of questions. Why does everyone take napkins to receive communion? After receiving the body why do they keep the napkin over their mouth? Why do they receive the body and blood separately? Why do they drink the little cups of water after receiving the blood?
Also my husband travels for 6 wks at a time then home for 4 days, so the odds of him attending with me are slim. So what should I do with the boys should they sit with me or over with the men?