Ever since Jesus took bread, gave thanks, shared it with his disciples, and told followers to do this in his memory, Christians have reenacted the moment. Over time, services of communion have been created and discussions about just what should be included have resulted in liturgies and prayers that pass on from generation to generation. Although Christians agree on the importance of communion, the meaning and practice of communion is multi-faceted and rich.
Throughout this unit, participants will learn that communion is a physical act, a spiritual gift, and a call for a pattern for living, in which we receive the gifts of God, give thanks, break them open, and share them with one another and the world. These actions of taking, blessing, breaking, and giving are central to the unity to the body of Christ. The four dimensions of the practice that are discussed include: give thanks, share meals, be fed, and feed others.
Young Children Leader's Guide
This leader’s guide is for children ages 3–5. It contains helpful information for the leader, including information about young children, background information about the practice, a note about supplies, and other helpful information for each session. There are symbols for each activity within the session that allow a leader to see at a glance the type of activity and customize each session for their group of children. Each session includes resource pages and “Practicing the Practice at Home,” which may be copied, printed, or sent out electronically to participants. There are other helpful pieces for young children in the Congregational Guide.
Featured in the Young Children Leader’s Guide:
- Give Thanks (Matthew 14:13–21)
- Share Meals (1 Corinthians 11:17–26)
- Be Fed (John 6:25–35)
- Feed Others (Matthew 25:31–46)
Follow Me: Biblical Practices for Faithful Living is a thirty-six-unit curriculum based on practices Jesus did and taught us to do as faithful followers. Written for people of all ages who wish to live out their faith, this new curriculum examines where these practices are found in the Bible and how they have been used in Christian faith then and now.
To learn more about the curriculum and view a sample of each component, visit our Follow Me webpage or watch the Follow Me trailer on our YouTube channel.