Please join us this Sunday for our once-a-month intergenerational service as all ages join together in the sanctuary for a child- and adult-friendly service during which we will take communion together as the Body of Christ.
Communion has become a rote practice for many, as the significance of the act is lost to the mundanity of the routine. But we want our youth to know just how important this act is! So, if you have a moment to explain communion to your child(ren) prior to our First Sunday Intergenerational Service days, that would be great! A simple way to explain Communion to a young child could look something like this:
Taking communion goes all the way back to the earliest days of the church. In fact, it was Jesus Himself who began the tradition of communion. Right before He was crucified, He had a meal with His disciples, known as the Last Supper. Jesus knew He wouldn’t be with His disciples much longer, and so He made a point of giving part of Himself to them so that they could remember Him.
The Bible says this is how it happened: “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.’”
From that time on, communion became a super important part of Christian worship. In the early days of the church, it wasn’t always easy to take communion or even to go to church at all, as not everyone wanted people to worship Jesus. But those who loved Jesus took communion anyway, even if they got in trouble for it, because they knew how amazing a thing it was to receive His gifts, and to do so together in community. Jesus did not intend for us to take communion alone, but instead to do so side-by-side with others, just as His disciples at the Last Supper did. Just as we take special meals together such as at Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas, we are to take this most special of “meals” together as a whole church! So being in the church with the grown-ups for this time is really important and special!
Hope to see you and your little ones this Sunday for our time of Communion and worship!