Milestone 8: Exploring the Sacrament of The Lord’s Supper

Exploring the Sacrament of The Lord’s Supper

A Milestone Celebration for 2nd graders and their parents.

“For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.” 1 Corinthians 11:26

Through a special unit of study offered in Sunday School, children have the opportunity to explore the Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper as they give thanks, remember and celebrate the redemptive act offered by Jesus on the cross. These lessons culminate at the celebration with a special worship service with communion, led by Pastor Todd for children and their parents.

This milestone symbol is marked by a loaf of bread and a cup, reminding us that the meal we celebrate is in remembrance of Christ’s redeeming act on the cross.


Gifts for Remembrance

The gift of a faith stone, a window cling, and a signed copy of Ms. Roxie Gibson’s book on Communion for each child will help commemorate the day.

Books for the Home

For Kids

For Parents

Faith Practices for the Home

Caring Conversations

  • Each time you participate in the Lord’s Supper, talk with your child about the words and actions, helping him/her to recognize key phrases of love, grace and their role in the family of God.
  • Talk about the elements that are used in the Lord’s Supper and how they represent the broken body and blood of Jesus Christ as he suffered and died.
  • Talk about the symbols in our faith that remind us we belong to the family of God.  Look for symbols in our church that also connect with your everyday life. (Your child will be creating a Lord’s Supper Symbol Book in Sunday School which includes the following symbols:  wheat, grapes, a palm branch, bread, a cup, praying hands, a cross, the Chi Rho, and a lily.)

 

Daily Devotions

  • Read together the stories of God’s deliverance and grace in  Exodus 1:1-15:21.
  • Read together the stories of  God’s redemption through Jesus Christ in Matthew 21:1-11, Matthew 26:21-28, and Matthew 27:11—29:10.
  • Include prayers of confession in your nightly prayer time and always assure your child that he/she is loved and forgiven by God.

 

Family Traditions

  • Mark the memorable events in your family life with a special meal that celebrates the gift of family and helps you remember God’s love and grace is for each of you.
  • Learn “Lift Up Your Hearts” (Sursum Corda), the song sung responsively during the Lord’s Supper at First Presbyterian Church and sing it as a family whenever you gather for a family meal:”The Lord be with you. And also with you. Lift up, lift up your hearts. We lift them up to the Lord. Let us all give thanks to the Lord our God. It is right to give God thanks and praise.”

 

Servant Acts

  • As a family, sign up to accompany one of the pastors when they go to serve communion as part of our “At Home Ministry.”  You may even want to offer to bake the bread to take along.
  • As a family, invite another family to join you for a meal of fellowship.  Plan for a time of true fellowship that includes conversation and games that everyone in both families can play together.

 

Professing our Faith: Catechism Connections

Presbyterians have historically professed their faith through their creeds, confessions and catechisms.  Belonging to God:  A First Catechism provides simple language for parents and children as they profess their faith.

Question 41. What is a sacrament?

Answer: A sacrament is a special act of Christian worship which uses visible signs to present God’s grace for us in Jesus Christ. We believe that two sacraments were given by Jesus: baptism and the Lord’s Supper.

Scripture background: Mark 1:9-11; Mark 14:22-25

Question 45. What is the Lord’s Supper?

Answer: In the Lord’s Supper I am fed at the table of God’s family. Through the bread that I eat and the cup that I drink, the Lord offers me his body and blood. He renews my faith and gives me the gift of eternal life.  As I remember that he died for all, and therefore also for me, I feed on him in my heart by faith with thanksgiving.

Scripture background: 1 Corinthians 11:23-26; Matthew 26:26-29; 1 Corinthians 10:16

Faith Development for 6-9 Years Old

Children develop personal friendships at this age.  They sense the needs of others and balance self-interest with fairness and sharing.  This is also a time when children develop personal competencies and a general sense that they can accomplish tasks by themselves.  They seek new information and begin to reason how things relate to one another in cause and effect sequences.  Some still have difficulty with cause and effect thinking.  Expanded cognitive skills help them follow and remember longer stories.  Physical skills improve considerable, and a greater sense of independence and ability is a hallmark of this time of life. From Vibrant Faith Milestones Ministry

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