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5 Conversation Starters to Have About Jesus Around Communion

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Communion at home in front of the kids is sparking new conversations! And many of our parents aren’t ready for this! :) Can our kids have communion? What do we tell them? We’re here to help! We want to help you to disciple your kids so they can grow to own they faith you model in the home. 

In our church, we believe the Bible teaches that communion is a sacrament for all who believe and follow Jesus. When it comes to our children, we welcome them to communion when they believe in Jesus for themselves. They grow up believing in Jesus because you teach them about Jesus, you teach them to pray, and you teach them the gospel--that God made them to worship, serve, and enjoy Him, that they are sinners, and that God loves them and Jesus died and rose so they would be forgiven and adopted into God’s family. 

We open the Lord’s Table, another name for Communion, to our children when they are able to show that they believe this themselves. Check out more about this over on our Children’s page

If your kids see you having communion during one of our online services and they want to participate themselves, that’s wonderful! This is often the first step toward preparing them to be ready for their first communion. Don’t panic! You can simply tell them,

"Communion is for people who have shared with the leaders in our church that they love Jesus and are following Him. If you’d like to take the bread and the wine/juice, you need to share with the pastor or one of the elders that you believe in Jesus."

They may fuss, but simply repeat gently, “our church understands that communion is for people who can share that they are committed to following Jesus. Are you ready to meet with the elders to share what you believe with them?” 

Again, the information on the Children’s Page goes into depth about this, and offers ways to know if your child is ready to move forward in the process to begin taking communion. As always, please let me know if you have any questions!

One other thing: your home may have adults who don’t believe in Jesus yet. If they ask, I encourage you to share some version of this with them:  Communion is one way that Christians share a symbolic meal with God. In this meal, we are saying that we believe in Jesus and are sorry for our sins. And God is saying that He forgives us and He is with us. You are welcome to join in Communion if you have confessed your sins to God and are committed to following Jesus. Are you ready to do that? If so, you can pray to Jesus and then you can participate in Communion.

And for fun, here are 5 conversation starters to try out during communion with your non-communing family and friends:

  1. Have you taken communion before? What does that mean to you?
  2. Communion is the time when we share a meal with God, reflecting and giving thanks to who Jesus is, and what He did for us by dying on the cross. What do you think it meant when Jesus died for us?
  3. We take bread and wine/juice for communion. Do you know what Jesus told his disciples that this represents? 
  4. Why do you think taking communion is important?
  5. Our church has communion for people who believe in Jesus. Do you know what it means to believe in Jesus and to be one of his sons and daughters?

Can you add to our list of conversation starters? We want to see all of our friends and neighbors talking about Jesus and reflecting on what He has done for us.

Family Song: All Hail King Jesus

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With Easter just around the corner, our next family song is one that magnifies the power and glory of Christ’s death and resurrection. For the month of April, we will be singing the song All Hail King Jesus by Jeremy Riddle. This song gives a powerful reflection of the resurrection story, and leads us to fully worship Jesus Christ as Lord.

Below you will find the lyrics, related passages of Scripture, and links to recordings and devotionals that you can use at home, in your car, or anywhere else you might be!

Parents: we hope that these resources will be helpful for you and your children. Especially as we approach Easter, we want you to be able to share with your kids the importance of Christ’s death and resurrection and celebrate that with them! As usual, we will be playing this song in our service before we dismiss the kiddos to children’s church. So, we look forward to singing it with you and the young ones each week!

If you don’t have kids, we invite you to dive deep into these powerful lyrics and meditate on their richness we sing this song each week this month.

Blessings,


Ben Parks

All Hail King Jesus
Written by Ran Jackson, Peter Mattis, Jeremy Riddle, and Steffany Gretzinger

Verse 1
There was a moment when the lights went out
When death had claimed its victory
The King of Love had given up His life
The darkest day in history

There on a cross they made for sinners
For every curse His blood atoned
One final breath and it was finished
But not the end we could have known

Pre-Chorus 1
For the earth began to shake
And the veil was torn
What sacrifice was made
As the heavens roared

Chorus
All hail King Jesus
All hail the Lord of Heaven and earth
All hail King Jesus
All hail the Savior of the world

Verse 2
There was a moment when the sky lit up
A flash of light breaking through
When all was lost He crossed eternity
The King of life was on the move

Pre-Chorus 2
For in a dark, cold tomb
Where our Lord was laid
One miraculous breath
And we’re forever changed

Bridge
Let every knee, come bow before the King of Kings
Let every tongue, confess that He is Lord
Lift up your shout, let us join with all of Heaven
Singing Holy, Singing Holy
Cry out Holy, Cry out Holy

Scripture Passages:
Crucifixion Story - Matthew 27; Mark 15; Luke 23
Resurrection - Matthew 28; Mark 16; Luke 24
Philippians 2:5-10
Zechariah 9:9
Revelation 4:8; 17:14 (Isaiah 6:3)

Recordings:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lZubjsB_KLg 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cIYPeWYx4qI

Devotional Links:

Jesus, the Only King - Michael Youssef, Ph.D.
Jesus, the Savior of the World - Hernandes Lopez

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