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.
The Congregational Guide provides materials for the pastor, educator, and church leaders to connect the practice with congregational worship and life.
Included in this guide:
- Foundational Essay—written by a biblical scholar, these essays explore what each practice means and where it is found in the Bible
- Worship Helps—ways of incorporating this practice in worship through liturgy, song, and other suggestions
- Café Discussion Guide—self-guided, brief study for each practice
- Intergenerational Session—option for your church to have an event or explore the practice as a whole congregation together
- Curriculum Connections—information about what each age level is doing weekly
- Practicing the Practice at Home—a two-sided page for families about how to practice the practice at home
- Children’s Worship Leaflets—weekly two-sided page with practice ideas, games, an adapted Bible story, and a coloring picture
In addition to the material in the Adult Leader’s Guide and the Adult Reflection Guide, there are also free videos that leaders can use as conversation starters for the unit and each session. Visit our YouTube Channel, bit.ly/FMYouTubeGFR, to see the playlist for this unit.
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.