Thursday, April 17, 2014

Our Family's Last Supper

My kids rarely take communion at church, mainly because we do it in the adult service and they are in their Sunday School class during this time. I think it's important for kids to understand what communion is and why we take communion. And they absolutely should participate in communion once they have decided to become a follower of Jesus Christ. The perfect time to be intentional about this is Easter!

You don't have to be in a church building to take communion. Jesus just wants us to make this a practice as a way of remembering him. So that's what our family did this week. Enter the grape juice and matzo.....

We are gathered as a family and read Luke 22:7-23.  My favorite version for reading aloud to the kids is NIRV...New International Readers Version.
I love this picture of McKenna reading her Bible. Look at her cute!

Just to keep it real and make sure that you know how IMPERFECT our family is...we had to switch rooms in the middle of the scripture passage because Will was playing with his Rescue Heroes so loudly. He got absolutely nothing out of this which is perfectly fine since he's three! He did eat a piece of Matzo because he was climbing all over me begging for a "cracker."

Okay... back to the important we watched this video: CLICK HERE. And I talked to the kids about how they should prepare their hearts before they take communion. You should confess your sin and ask Jesus to forgive you of any sins you can think of. If you can't think of any...think harder :) And if you still can't think of any...ask your mom and she can probably remind you of a few.

McKenna was so cute...she ran off into the other room to be by herself when she was praying and confessing her sins.

Then we broke the pieces of Matzo and drank the grape juice and talked about what the bread and the juice symbolize. Then we talked about Jesus. When you take communion, Jesus said we are supposed to remember we talked about different things that we remembered Jesus doing for us.

It was a special time. Not perfect, but very meaningful. I'm hoping to make this a tradition.


Anonymous said...

Judy ... you rock! I absolutely 100% agree with the importance of kids understanding the meaning behind communion and preparing their hearts prior to taking it... as should everyone do so. I love what your family did and I am stealing your idea.... we are def. doing this tomorrow ... well tonight technically. Lol. Thanks for sharing.

ginny said...

Wish we had had that idea when you were growing up.