Have you ever wondered how to explain Communion to your children or to non-believers?

The answer to understanding Communion is found in the Word (I Cor 11).   The Word shows us Communion is for believers.  We find in Matt 26, Luke 22 and I Cor 11 that Jesus wants His followers to remember Him through Communion, and that they should continue to do this until Christ returns again.

The symbolism of body and blood can be confusing for children, unbelievers and new believers.  One reason this can be confusing is because abstract thinking is not developed in children until after junior high and some adults struggle understanding symbolism as well.  It is important to understand while participating in Communion the bread and drink are not actually the physical flesh and blood of Christ.  We really don’t know anything more than that, because Jesus did not tell us any more about those elements. It’s OK to say that it’s a partial mystery to us all, because it is!

The Word also tells us that we must examine our hearts before participating in Communion (found in 1 Cor. 11:28-29).   We should always come  to the Lords table with a clean heart.  Is there something that needs confessing? Something or someone that needs an apology?  Encourage self examination before participating in the Lords Supper.  If the table is not approached with a clean, clear, understanding heart the elements presented are simply a snack.

Westbrook offers a Communion Class for children and their parents/caregivers.  The next class is Sunday, October 29 at 9 am.

Back to School

Fall is here.  Kids are back in school.  You did it!  You purchased the supplies and posted the first day photos.  Now how do you keep that excitement going?  How do you make this the best year yet?  Breathe.  I’m not talking about Pinterest style lunches and daily parties.  I am merely suggesting that you intentionally take an interest in your child and his/her day.  How?

Pray for and with your child daily.   Have little ones? Try this fun prayer as you are walking to school or to the bus stop.

” Jesus help me do my best

as I learn and play and rest.  

Teach me, Lord, to show Your care

at home, at school and everywhere. Amen”  

Slip a note into your child’s lunch box or backpack.  Need some suggestions?  A simple note saying “I love you” or sharing an attribute that you love about them (I love how kind you are).

You can always slip a Scripture note too! Some favorites include John 14:27, Romans 8:28, Isaiah 43:1, and Matthew 6:33.

If your child has a test or a hard situation, slip a note in reminding them that you will pray throughout the day.

Are you too exhausted to even think about anything beyond getting the kids out the door?  Skip the notes, skip the new prayer and simply take time to really listen about your child’s day; the best and the worst parts.

Children model the behaviors they observe.  Is what your modeling worth imitation?