Monday, 2 February 2015

Sharing First Communion with Anglican Christian children #magicmoments #whatsthestory

I am licensed to distribute the Elements. No, this does not mean that like Elsa I can create castles and sculptures from ice. Although I suspect most under 8's would be much more impressed by that than any other skill I might have.

Our church in the centre of our village. 
No, I have been licensed by our Bishop to help our priest give the bread and wine to the congregation at that part of the Anglican service we call "Communion" or the Eucharist.

And this weekend I was proud and honoured to be helping to give a group of children from our church their First Communion.

(Oh and in case you are worried the children were heavily influenced to take this step let me explain -they were invited to spend the day working towards understanding what they were agreeing to, and given the choice whether to go ahead. One boy had said no last year, thought about it and decided to do it this year.)

Back to Sunday.


Bear in mind I have known these children pretty much from birth. I am friends with their parents. My children go to school with them. As families we have shared good times and bad, parties, suppers, birthdays and celebrated new jobs.

The dads take the children camping every year while the mums enjoy some fun together - we have ridden the front of London buses squealing like teens, rowed boats and caught crabs, danced in the street at a bizarre London tea dance and eaten more cake and drunk more tea than you would think possible.
Not our chalice -just a pic of one!
Church kids and priest walking to celebrate
 Harvest in our village allotments.
And on Sunday holding the chalice (silver cup) containing the wine, looking at the children's faces, growing up faster than I'd like I was very proud.

These are nice children. Children with values, not just because of their church involvement but because their parents are nice people.

I realised that they will keep on growing - a couple of them are already almost as tall as me. I will hopefully still be friends with their parents for years to come. There will be news shared of exam results, boyfriends and girlfriends, jobs, marriages, babies.....

And I will always be able to look at them and know I was there at the moment their took their First Communion, such a special day in a Christian child's life.

As I type this 5 of them are competing to shout over each other in my kitchen compiling some game involving Zombies. (my friend swapped me two of hers to take to primary school while she takes my older son to Secondary where he has to be in early for a mock exam.)

My daughter for some reason is whacking her little brother with a dolphin on a stick. It seems to be a vital part of the game. There are also imaginary pea-shooters.

They look nothing like the little angels who gazed up at me from the altar rail. But even their screeching about dolphin cannons (?) can not take away my warm fuzzy feeling. And I use this phrase in its literal form - Bless them!



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16 comments:

  1. What a wonderful thing to be able to look back on and share with your children. #magicmoments

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    1. Thankyou. It's a difficult subject when people have such strong views but it's so part of my life I can;t leave it out of my blog!

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  3. It's nice to be a part of that. We have my son's first holy communion this year (catholic though) and it will be a big occasion for him and his class.

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    1. Yes it's a big deal in the Catholic faith - hope he has a wonderful memorable day.

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  4. I love the look at your beautiful communion and daily life all in one post! #MagicMoments

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    1. Thankyou - our worship is very much art of our daily life

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  5. Really lovely post. Makes me think back to my confirmation and the classes we went to.

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    1. Thankyou - it's lovely to hear from people who enjoy my writing,

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  6. What a special occasion and it's lovely that you've documented it. It will be very special to look back on in the future. #whatsthestory

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    1. Thabkyou - blogs are great memory-keepers aren't they?

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  7. awww Afra this is so beautiful, Although I dont practice our religion as I would like this is such a really special time for these little ones, thank you for sharing this and inking it up with #MagicMoments x

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  8. What a wonderful post, such a special occasion to document #magicmoments

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