Over the past several years I have had the joy of administering a sacrament in the Church called the Eucharist or Holy Communion.
Maybe it is because of the fancy word Eucharist or the purity invoked when we call something “holy” but adults, for the most part, are funny when it comes to teaching kids “how to take communion”. Mainly there is a strong reverence that is attempted to be transmitted from the adult to the child. But as children are not that keen on reverence and can “say the darndest things” communion with kids is something to behold. Mainly because the theology a child has at communion is more profound than most adult’s understanding of communion.
Here is some cool stuff kids teach me about communion based on things that have happened to me:
- Run down the aisle. It is okay to run down the aisle for communion. In fact shouldn’t we all be running to feast with Christ? Next time, don’t walk to communion – run.
- Take communion with a stuffed animal. This should be acceptable, as long as the stuff animal is served communion as well. Kids understand that everyone is welcomed to the table. Human and teddy bear alike.
- Drink every drop. It is critical that every drop of grape juice and morsel of bread is consumed at communion. Who cares is people are waiting behind you to move back to their pews, you do not leave that table until you have been able to take ever last moment you can with Christ..
- Ask for a “big piece”. Why settle for just a little bit of Christ? Don’t we all want a “big piece” of Christ? Read More