Communion will be prepared and given on the same Sunday that adult church has communion. We encourage parents to talk about communion at home with their kids. Families can even take communion at home together as often as they wish.
We will spend some time preparing children for communion. This will include reading the communion story from Luke chapter twenty-two. Verse nineteen, in the NIV says, “And (Jesus) took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, ‘This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.‘ In the same way, after the supper he took the cup, saying, ‘This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you.” We will teach the kids that when we “remember” special days we reenact the day in our mind. This is what Jesus wants us to do. We are to think about communion with Jesus as if we were there. Also, we will pray over our communion service.
Here are some simple communion instructions that we will follow and that you can also do at home: play some instrumental music quietly in the background. This will help set a worshipful mood. Seat kids at communion after their regular praise and worship. This gives kids a chance to burn off some energy before settling down for a few minutes at communion. Ask a few children to read the communion passage before the sharing of bread. Lead the children in a brief prayer that guides children back to the meaning of communion. Break the bread and pass it to children. Instruct them to break off a piece and pass the bread around. Serve the grape juice and pass the cups around. Give kids an opportunity to talk about worshiping Jesus and about the benefits that we can have through following Jesus such as healing, protection, financial prosperity, etc.