Season of the Church Year: Great Green Growing Season/ Common Time (green)
Story in Scripture: John 6: 1-15
This week, we [4th- 5th grade students] began discussing Communion and it’s place in history, our faith, and our daily expression of love for Christ. We began by considering the different names for this special meal- “Eucharist,” “The Lord’s Supper,” and for our purposes, “Communion.” We also read about the symbolism of the bread and the wine/ juice, the way in which God provides the opportunity for us to sacrifice in our lives, and the sacrifice of the little boy who gave up his five loaves and two fish when Jesus miraculously fed 5,000 people. These various areas of focus allowed us to begin to understand the whole picture surrounding the sacrament of Communion. Our reading and discussion was summarized through an activity in which we described the “Five W’s” of Communion- Who? What? When? Where? Why? These questions and those written below may be helpful in continuing the conversation at home.
Guiding Questions for Discussion:
*I wonder how God provided what we needed for Communion since the beginning?
*I wonder why bread is such an important food?
*I wonder why the Old Testament talks so much about sacrifices?
*When we sacrifice, or give up something important, for God, I wonder how it makes him feel? I wonder how it makes us feel? (Teacher might share example here…)
*I wonder how it felt when Jonah sacrificed, or gave up, his bread and fish for the disciples?
*I wonder how it made him feel to see what God could do with his sacrifice?
*I wonder what sacrifice has to do with Communion?
“Dear God, thank you for Communion. Thank you for providing a way for us to come together as a family of believers to remember you and connect with the promise of your salvation. As I think about the mystery of Communion, please help me to better understand the sacrifice that you made for us in your death on the cross. Amen.”