Communion Cup | Lid | Plate
Now Available Three Tyes Of Metal
Silver  ~  Brass  ~  Stainless Steel

About Stainless Steel...
For a long time we have been trying to find a reasonable alternative to the now very expensive Silver communion sets. I am glad to announce that a company is willing to make us a communion set out of stainless steel. I am told that silver and stainless steel have the same anti-bacterial qualities (one reason for the creation of "surgical" stainless steel medical tools). Some of the benefits of a polished stainless communion set are as follows:
  1. Stainless Steel does not tarnish as Silver.
    a. No applying polish and cleaners that end up in the cup (could be toxic).
    b. Less maintenance and clean-up.
  2. Stainless Steel is solid.
    a. A silver plated cup can wear to the point where you are into the base metal.
    b. A silver plated cup can blister
  3. Stainless Steel appears to be stronger and more durable.
    a. Stainless Steel does not bend or dent as easily as Silver Plated or Sterling Silver cups.
  4. Because of the current high cost of gold and silver, the price of a Stainless Steel cup is much less.
    a. The last time I checked, a Sterling Silver communion set costs well over $3,000.
  5. Stainless Steel cup can be made without any seams.
    a. Reducing bacterial build-up around the ("dripless" rim) ...lip of the cup.

I am not a specialist in such things, but because of our search for the best communion set at a reasonable price... I have come to the conclusion that Stainless Steel may be our best option at this time. Also, I believe the appearance will be  acceptable and very similar to the appearance of a silver cup.

It is no small thing for a manufacture to tool up to make a nominal number of communion sets for our brotherhood. Therefore the initial cost will be high but is still well below Silver Plated sets. In the beginning, the manufacture has offered to design two sizes of cups (24 and 32 oz) both with one or two handles (basically all three metals are designed the same and as shown below)


About Brass...
We received a Brass Communion Set and it is beautiful.  Our initial research tells us that the Brass should hold up well, but it is untested for long-term durability with grape juice being in it for an hour each Sunday.  We have not noticed a "metal" teast when drinking grape juice out of it.  It is a solid metal and therefore will not wear into the base metal as low grade silver plating can do.  The Brass has the appearance of real gold but leaves finger prints easily.  All three metals leave finger prints, but because of gold color, the beautiful, glass like gold, metal displays the prints more effectively.  In my opinion, the Brass is the most elegant of the 3 metals when well maintained and buffed with a soft clean cloth.  The negative side is the finger prints and can scratch easily.

Please contact gospel@nt-c.org ...IF your congregation is interested in or is ready to order a Communion Set.  Please provide a good shipping address.

Anyone who has suggestions, questions, know of other manufactures, or can help in anyway, please contact gospel@nt-c.org ...this is for the Lord's Church...  (There are not a lot of manufactures out there willing to help on such a small number of communion sets but I think we have found a creditable company with reasonable pricing.)

 
24-28oz cup/lid/plate
Polished Stainless Steel Communion Set One Handle $585
Polished Stainless Steel Communion Set Two Handles $655
Brass Communion Set* One Handle $370
Brass Communion Set* Two Handles $440
Silver Plated  Communion Set One Handle $785
Silver Plated  Communion Set Two Handles $854
   *A congregation can have the brass communion set... silver plated by a company in their area.
       Our silver plating has a thickness of 20 to 25 microns.  (be careful of anything under 8 microns)

 
Pictures with different amounts of grape juice (click picture to enlarge)...

  16 oz
  24 oz
  28 oz
  28oz
 

32-36oz cup/lid/plate
Polished Stainless Steel Communion Set One Handle $655
Polished Stainless Steel Communion Set Two Handles $725
Brass Communion Set* One Handle $425
Brass Communion Set* Two Handles $495
Silver Plated  Communion Set One Handle $855
Silver Plated  Communion Set Two Handles $925
   *A congregation can have the brass communion set... silver plated by a company in their area.
       Our silver plating has a thickness of 20 to 25 microns.  (be careful of anything under 8 microns)


You can special order a 55oz cup for large meetings.  Pricing available upon request.

All of the above have a very nice "dripless" rim feature that helps prevent grape juice from dripping down the outside of the cup.  It has a "dripless" feature, but does not have the curled rim that is next to impossible to clean under the seam.
 
You can also special order the above in sterling silver, but the price is exsteamly high--over $3,000 for the 36oz set.  This also have a source that repairs and re-plates old silver cups/plates for about two-thirds the prices of new communion sets shown above.
 
Almost all silver cups on the market are too small for our use, but we are looking internationally for other sources as well as custom silversmiths.  Many have searched extensively, but if anyone can help us find a high quality cup suitable for the Lord's Supper at a better price, please let us know.

Of course, a sterling silver or silverplated cup is not scripturally required... the requirement is "A Cup" (cup:  POTÉRION ...a cup, a drinking vessel, with or without handles)  I am told that most  third world countries use a tin cup on the Lord's Table, some use porcelain, glass, etc..  It is not my purpose to promote costly cups, but on the other hand, this is the Lord's Table  (John 12:3-8).

In the future, we hope to provide a direct order form, but for now, you may contact me to place an order.
In His Service,
 
David Risener
PO Box 57
Sulphur OK 73086-0057
817-710-4291
580-993-0531
gospel@NewTestamentChurch.org
http://www.NewTestamentChurch.org

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PS...We are also working on best prices for ordering pure grape juice (without additives) for both the U.S. and foreign fields.  Source information would be most welcome.

+PS... Communion Bread Recipes:  Click HERE  (If you know of someone who makes a really good loaf for the Lord's Table, please submit the recipe in the same format as the others listed on our website.)

Definitions:
Gold Electroplate - process whereby piece to be plated is typically a base metal coated with gold or silver by using electrolysis. Note - electroplate is easily worn away with harsh abrasives. Many companies produce patterns that are gold electroplated.

Gold Wash - faint gold electroplating on sterling.

Silverplate - a base metal consisting of nickel, silver, or copper and coated with a layer of pure silver by electroplating.  Caution: Some older cups may have a mixture of lead in the base metal.

Sterling Silver - often incorrectly referred to as solid silver, sterling silver is 925 parts pure silver, with 75 parts of added metal, usually copper, to give strength and stiffness; the standard set by the US Government in the Stamping Act of 1906. Any article stamped "sterling" is assured a certain quality level per the Stamping act.

Stainless Steel is a common name for metal alloys that consist of 10.5% or more Chromium (Cr) and more than 50% Iron (Fe). Although it is called "stainless", a better term for it is "highly stain resistant". A somewhat dark metal, it looks bright because it reflects light.  Stainless Steel is known for its durability and cleanliness.

Brass is an alloy of copper and zinc; the proportions of zinc and copper can be varied to create a range of brasses with varying properties.

Brass has a muted yellow color, which is somewhat similar to gold. It is relatively resistant to tarnishing, and is often used as decoration and for coins. In antiquity, polished brass was often used as a mirror.

Germicidal properties: The copper in brass makes brass germicidal, via the oligodynamic effect. For example, brass doorknobs disinfect themselves of many bacteria within eight hours. This effect is important in hospitals, and useful in many contexts.

How do I clean Stainless Steel / Brass / Silver Plated Communion Sets?

  • Before using communion set for the first time and thereafter... Wash it well with soapy warm water and dry thoroughly with soft cloth. We recommend washing by hand but stainless steel is dishwasher safe.
     
  • IF... you must polish... use a non-toxic metal cleaner, such as Wenol or Red Bear, with a soft cloth.  (Caution: Many metal cleaners and polishes are toxic)
     
  • Scratches on surface after washing repeatedly... Change your cleaning product to a gentler kind, such as Bon Ami.
     
  • Many cleaners not recommended for Stainless Steel / Brass / Silver surfaces that are used to drink out of... Bleach, ammonia or abrasive agents should not be used on any of these metal cups.