Communion for Children
The gift of Jesus in Bread & Wine - All are welcome!
- All baptized children are welcome to come and receive forgiveness in the bread and wine - it is The Lord’s Table - and all are welcome.
- Anyone coming to The Lord’s Table with an open hand will be served Holy Communion.
Why do we encourage children to share in Holy Communion?
- The mystery of bread and wine becoming the body and blood of Christ defies all human understanding. It is a mystery that we are invited to believe with child-like faith.
- Children are an essential part of this family of faith and are equal partakers in God’s free gift of grace.
- The ELCA’s theological document, The Use of the Means of Grace, permits children to commune and invites/encourages congregations to determine the age of welcome.
Parent & child learning experiences
These learning experiences are not prerequisites for a child to receive communion, but they are offered as age appropriate learning opportunities for children and their parents.
Introducing Holy Communion - First Grade and Parents - Jan. 28, Feb. 4 & 11, 2018
- The 3-week Stepping Stone is NOT a “first” communion class, rather, teaching children and parents about communion.
- Parents and children will gather together to learn of Christ’s welcome that all come to the table.
- Families may elect to have their child commune prior to this Stepping Stone.
- This will take the place of your child’s Sunday School class for these weeks.
Celebration of Holy Communion - Fifth Grade and Parents - March 4, 11, 18, 2018
We invite and encourage 5th graders and parent(s), to join us for the Celebration of Communion which builds on prior learning and takes children deeper into the meaning of The Lord’s Supper.
- The 3-week Stepping Stone is NOT a “first” communion class, rather, teaching children and parents about communion at a 5th grade level with several interactive and experiential learning activities.
- Parents and students will experience a re-enactment of the Exodus and experience a sample Seder Meal – a meal in which Jewish people celebrate
- Passover (it was during Passover that Jesus began - “instituted” - Communion).
- Each participant will also design and shape their own Communion cup.
- We will gather for learning activities and classroom instruction. Each participant will glaze their communion cup and families will design and decorate a Celebration of Communion plate.
- We spend a great deal of time working in family units, so the presence of an adult is important. If a parent is unable to attend we suggest inviting another adult who is significant in the 5th grader’s life: a baptismal sponsor, grandparent or other relative.
- Celebration of Communion in worship, 5 p.m on a Saturday evening
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