To reinforce the story of the Last Supper by having the children retell the story to their families
The children will describe how Jesus instituted the Eucharist at the Last Supper.
- Tell the children that this activity will help them remember the story of Jesus sharing the Eucharist with his disciples so they can share the story with their families.
- Ask how Saint Paul shared the story about the Eucharist with the Church. (in an epistle, or letter)
- Ask what it means to proclaim something. (to tell or announce it) Suggest that the children listen again to the story and then practice with a partner, coaching each other to learn the story well. Then they will feel confident to proclaim it at home.
- Reread the following story adapted from 1 Corinthians 11:23-26 to the children thoughtfully, pausing to write on the board Jesus' exact words. When you have finished, invite the children to read Jesus' words with you from the board.
On the night when Jesus was betrayed, he took bread and gave thanks. Then he broke it and said to his disciples, "This is my body that I give to you. Do this and remember me. After supper Jesus took the cup of wine. He said, "This cup is the new agreement made in my blood. As often as you drink it, remember me. As often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the death of the Lord until he comes again.
- Then have the children work in pairs. Suggest that they take turns telling the story, coaching each other as necessary. Remind them that it is alright not to use the exact words as long as they keep the meaning that Jesus intended. Explain that this is what the word adapted means at the end of the story. The story has been written in words that they can understand and remember.
- Conclude by reminding the children to share the story with their families when they go home.
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Walk around as the children practice, complimenting them on their reverent tone.