Communion at Home
Whether you are joining us in person or online, we do plan to take monthly communion together!
Preparing a Communion Plate
You will want to have a version of bread and wine prepared before the service. The bread and cup are a symbolic representation of the body and blood of Christ and will look different for each household.
- Homemade bread
- Purchased bread
Our pastor will talk you through taking Communion during the service.
Communion as a Family
Who Does the Bible Say Should Take Communion?
The Bible doesn’t give an exact age or process that someone should go through to begin taking communion. However, the Bible does make it clear that to take communion we should be a follower of Jesus Christ.
How Do I Know If My Child Is A Follower of Jesus Christ?
In the Bible, Jesus speaks of His love of children and invites them to come to Him. In Mark 10:14-16 Jesus says, ‘Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.’ And he took the children in his arms, placed his hands on them and blessed them.” We are all to accept Jesus as children do – with simple faith and belief. As parents, we are their best teachers and guides in their faith walk. If we aren’t sure that our child has accepted Jesus as their Lord and Savior, there are a few simple questions we can ask to shed light on their understanding of the Gospel.
- Can you tell me who Jesus is?
- Can you tell me what Jesus did for you?
- Can you tell me why Jesus had to do this for you?
Depending on a child’s maturity and age, their depth and ability to answer these questions will vary. It’s most important that our child understands that Jesus is the Son of God, He died on the Cross and rose again to save us from our sins. Jesus is the way that God chose to rescue the world from sin and to adopt us into the family of God.
Here are some teaching points to help your child understand the Gospel:
- God loves you! He made you and knows everything about you.
- We all mess up and do wrong things. That’s called sin. We deserve to be punished for those things, but when we follow Jesus, He takes the punishment for us.
- If we want to follow Jesus, we must admit that we are sinners and mess up. We need to tell God we’re sorry. There’s nothing we can do to take our own sin away. We need Jesus to take our sin away for us. When we turn away from our sin, we turn toward Jesus and commit to following Him.
- God loves us so much He sent His Son Jesus to earth. Jesus died on the Cross to take our sins away. But Jesus didn’t stay dead! God brought Jesus back to life! To follow Jesus, we must believe that Jesus is the Son of God, that He died for each one of us and that God brought Jesus back to life.
- Finally, we give our lives to Jesus and commit to following him by praying a prayer like this one:
Dear God, thank you for loving me. Thank you for sending your Son to die for me on the Cross and raising Him from the dead! I admit I have done many wrong things and I am truly sorry. I believe in my heart that Jesus, your Son, died on the Cross to take away my sin and give me a new relationship with you. As I give my heart and life to Jesus, I thank you for making me part of your family and for making me new. As your child, I have hope and will spend forever with you in Heaven. I want Jesus to be my Savior and my King! Amen.
If you believe your child has accepted Jesus as his/her Savior and is ready to take communion, we suggest you share with them more about communion.
Why Do We Take Communion?
Jesus said, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” Luke 22:19 Jesus instructed us to take communion as a way of connecting with Him and praising Him. It’s one of the simplest ways we can obey and please him as his followers. Communion is a time to remember what Jesus did on the Cross and to celebrate how he has saved us. When we take communion, the bread and wine symbolize what Jesus did for us. The bread is a symbol of his body that was broken for us. The wine is a symbol of his blood that was spilled to pay for our sins. Communion helps us never forget all that Jesus did for us. He came to earth, lived a sinless life, died for our sins and was resurrected. By taking Communion, we proclaim that Jesus is actively working our lives and we belong to Jesus forever.
How Should I Take Communion?
Different churches distribute communion in different ways. The Bible doesn’t give instruction on one specific way that we are to share communion. It does, however, tell us that communion is a time of deep reflection and joy as we remember what Jesus did. Our hearts are to be in a posture of honor and respect for God when we take the Lord’s Supper. In 1 Corinthians 11:23-30, the Bible tells us to “examine” ourselves before we take communion and remember with joyful reverence what Jesus did for us on the Cross. Our hearts should approach God in humble celebration for His free gift of grace.
Each child is unique and wonderfully made and God is writing a beautiful love story over their lives. Some may begin following Jesus at a very young age and for others it may take more time to personally understand the Gospel. It’s important not to rush the decision to have our children take communion but prayerfully ask God for wisdom. He will lead us as parents and we can trust His guidance over our children.
Chapelstreet Church is praying for you as parents and we are grateful to be your partners in the Gospel to your wonderful kids!