communion for a family or small group

At Grace Community Church we serve communion on the last Sunday of the month. Although we are not currently meeting corporately (to slow the spread of COVID-19), that does not stop us from being the church. One benefit of this time we are spending together is our opportunity to worship as families. This coming Sunday, after watching the church service online, consider sharing communion together as a family (or even as your small group). Below are instructions that will help you participate in communion at home.

1. Prepare the elements (bread and juice) for the Lord’s Supper

This is a great opportunity for kids to share in the responsibility of preparing the meal. Have them make the bread and prepare the juice cups. You can use a recipe like this one (No Yeast Bread). As you make the bread, share with your children how the Bible compares sin to yeast.

  • Leviticus 2:11- No grain offering, which you bring to the LORD, shall be made with leaven, for you shall not offer up in smoke any leaven or any honey as an offering by fire to the LORD.
  • Galatians 5:9- A little leaven leavens the whole lump.
  • 1 Corinthians 5:5-7- Do you not know that a little leaven leavens the whole lump of dough? Clean out the old leaven so that you may be a new lump, just as you are in fact unleavened. For Christ our Passover also has been sacrificed.

When preparing the cups, share the significance of the blood of Jesus as represented in the juice.

  • Colossians 1:20- And through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.
  • Ephesians 1:7- In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace.
  • Hebrews 9:22- In fact, the law requires that everything be cleansed with blood and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.

2. Lead a time of prayer and confession

After the elements are prepared and placed on a table for everyone to share, lead your family or group in a time of prayer and confession. Have your family examine their hearts and ask God to reveal where sin resides. Paul wrote, “Therefore whoever eats this bread or drinks this cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord. But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of the bread and drink of the cup.” (1 Corinthians 11:27). Use this time as a family to share and confess. Remember that our forgiveness is given to us through Christ Jesus’ suffering and crucifixion. 

3. Share in the communion meal

Remind your family that this meal is intended to fill them spiritually, not physically. There is a decorum of reverence that should be observed.

a. Staying in 1 Corinthians 11, have someone read verses 23-24. Reflect what the suffering of Christ meant, how Christ suffered, and why he had to suffer. Isaiah 53 is known as the Suffering Servant chapter and provides a weighty picture and purpose of his suffering. Once you have reflected on the body of Christ, eat the bread together.

b. Next read 1 Corinthians 11:25-26. Share with each other the significance of Christ’s blood being shed on the cross. Give thanks to God for His great love for us. Have other members of your family or group find other verses pertaining to the shedding of blood and God’s forgiveness.

c. Lastly give thanks to God and celebrate His love for us on the cross. Remembering what Jesus did while taking communion can feel like a somber moment, but don’t forget, this is an incredible reason to celebrate. Ask if someone will share a story of something that Jesus has restored in their life. Encourage them to not just experience the symbol of communion but to live in its truth. We are set free because Jesus is alive and giving us life to the fullest.

4. Include a time of music

Part of your communion experience can include music as worship. Perhaps someone can play an instrument while others sing. You can use YouTube or iTunes to play various worship songs. Here are a couple of suggestions:

How Deep the Father’s Love” – Stuart Townend

"Remembrance (The Communion Song)" - by Matt Maher and Matt Redman

O Come to the Altar” – Elevation Worship

The Power of the Cross” – Keith and Kristyn Getty

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