On this page is a collection of items that I’ve produced to enrich and resources Holy Communion – mostly for children, but not all.
You are welcome to download and use anything here.
(NB some of the photograph illustrations were originally downloaded and I’ve not been able to trace the copyright holders – no infringement is intended)
Eucharistic texts to Kum ba yah (accessible to children and families)
All Age Eucharist with pictures
Here’s a version of a Holy Communion order of service using the same pictures as the colouring book below – the idea being that parents and children can use the pictures to help them navigate their way through the liturgy. We used the same pictures to make a liturgical clock (so that everyone can see how far through the service we are!)
The idea is that instead of a sermon, we have a reflective running commentary throughout the service, helping people engage with the liturgy and hopefully therefore deepening their experience of Holy Communion. It’s the kind of thing you can do ostensibly ‘for the kids’, knowing the adults also get lots out of it – churches up and down the country are full of people who’ve never been given the chance to reflect on the liturgy they’re part of, and many of them really appreciate it when they are given the chance.
Here’s a script that I have used – I tend to vary the script according to the occasion, so this one was Pentecost-flavoured. It would be perfectly possible to redraft the script for other occasions.
Buckden Family Communion – Teaching service
Buckden FC teaching communion script Pentecost
Visual images for the Eucharistic Prayers
I once did a survey of young people to find out which bits of the Communion service they found it hardest to engage with. The results? Sermon, Intercessions, Eucharistic Prayer. I suspect many adults would say the same.
Here are some pictures that we printed out and laminated for use with our ‘thank you box’ during the Eucharistic Prayer – ideally I’d like more, so that it’s less of a one-to-one match (ie there’s one right picture for each line of the prayer) and more imaginative. But it’s a start.
AEP (the one with the questions) images for thankyou box
Here’s the handout from a talk I did on ways of enriching Children’s experience of Holy Communion – everything from liturgy boxes to prayer boards, colouring books and more.
Enriching Children’s Experience of Eucharistic Worship
Preparing children to receive communion before confirmation
The children are usually in Junior Church during service on three Sundays a month, with the fourth Sunday being an all age Eucharist. So, to prepare for their first communion they’re coming out of Junior Church for two Sundays a month and having their own special session during the first part of the service, then joining the main service for the Peace onwards. Here are this year’s handouts: Preparing for Holy Communion 2014
We’ve also supplemented this with some of the worksheets from John Muir and Betty Pedley’s very excellent ‘Come and join the celebration‘
Holy Communion Colouring Book
Download it as a .pdf document here: Holy Communion colouring book
Put together for younger children, this booklet follows the usual order for Holy Communion, with line drawings to colour in and captions. In our church we use the same pictures to illustrate our main order of service.
Print this out 2 pages per sheet, in the order 12,1,2,11,10,3,4,9,8,5,6,7 then copy it back to back to make a booklet. Or your printer may have a clever printer that will do booklets for you!
What is Holy Communion?
We are a broad church, and we wanted a leaflet that celebrated all the most commonly used names for what we do when we share the bread and wine.
Here it is! What is Holy Communion (trifold)
Congregational Setting for the Eucharist
I wrote this ages ago and only just remembered that I’d never posted it anywhere. The organ part isn’t really basic enough for a lot of parishes, but folk liked singing it at my theological college, and who knows, there might still be people out there looking for a new setting who would like this one. It’s all pdf files, each bit separately, and with versions that are just the melody line (marked ‘congregation’) and versions that are in full score.