We want to help your family understand the meaning and significance of communion.
Communion is a meal of remembrance. There are two parts to the meal, and each represents a part of Jesus’ sacrifice for sin.
First, there is the bread which represents Christ’s broken body, which hung on the cross. Second is the cup (grape juice), which represents Jesus’ spilled blood. We take these elements to proclaim the Lord’s death. Eating the bread and drinking the cup together is a way to announce our trust in Jesus’ death for the forgiveness of our sin.
The Bible teaches that all people have sinned and that our sin has separated us from God (Romans 3:23, 6:23). Out of love for us, God sent his Son to die on the cross so that our sin may be forgiven and we may have life (John 3:16).
That’s why Jesus talked about His body and His blood being given for us. To receive God’s forgiveness each person must:
· Acknowledge their sinfulness
· Believe Jesus paid for their sins
· Confess Jesus as Lord and Savior
If your child has done this, then they are welcome to take communion at GEBC. If they have not yet done this, then Scripture encourages us to wait. Paul writes:
“Therefore, whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of sinning against the body and blood of the Lord.” (1 Cor. 11:27)
What does ‘communion’ mean?
The word ‘communion’ comes from the Greek word ‘koinonia’ which means ‘having in common, fellowship or sharing.’ This makes sense since have in common Jesus’ sacrifice on our behalf. Some people call communion ‘The Lord’s Supper’.
Is there a certain age when my child can begin taking communion?
Taking communion is not based on age. Any person who trusts in Jesus’ death for the forgiveness of sin are welcome to participate. We encourage parents to use communion as an opportunity to explain sin and the need for a Savior, and then exercise discernment about their child’s readiness to participate.
Where is communion talked about in Scripture?
Look up Luke 22:7-30, 1 Corinthians 11:23-30 and Acts 2:42-47. Read these passages with your kids to help explain what happened at the Last Supper.
How often does communion occur?
Here at Glen Ellyn Bible Church, we have communion the 1st Sunday of every month and during our Thanksgiving Eve Service.
What if my child has not made a decision to follow Jesus?
We encourage you to talk with your child about their decision to follow Jesus. If he or she is not ready to make this most important decision, then we would encourage you to have them wait to take communion.