I remember one particular occasion when our oldest child sat with me during what she refers to as “big people worship service.” The believing community took part in communion during the service. And as the bread and juice trays were being passed she excitedly whispered, “What’s this for?” I promised to explain everything and told her to just watch and listen.
In the car on the way home she was eager to share with her siblings about the things she had seen and heard:
“Guess what– they eat snacks at big people worship service, too! I ate a granola bar from Mom’s purse. Then later someone gave Mom a little juice and a little bread. What did you guys have for snack?”
At home we re-read the account of the Lord’s Supper (Luke 22:17-20) and she asked questions for clarification. Some of her questions were zingers! I was thankful for how the Westminster Shorter Catechism helps us talk with our kids about the Lord’s Supper. The simplicity and memorability of the statements helped keep me on track with Scripture.
Here’s how the catechism asks and answers questions about the Lord’s Supper, using language that a child can understand and an adult can endeavor to meditate upon:
Q. 133. What is the Lord’s Supper?
A. The eating of bread and drinking of wine in remembrance of the sufferings and death of Christ.
Q. 134. What does the bread represent?
A. The body of Christ, broken for our sins.
Q. 135. What does the wine represent?
A. The blood of Christ, shed for our salvation.
Q. 136. Who should partake of the Lord’s Supper?
A. Only those who repent of their sins, believe in Christ for salvation, and love their fellow men.