Eucharist Instruction Curriculum for Children
“My hope is that children will receive Communion when they show a desire to do so and as they receive and become curious about the mystery of the table, by age eight they will have had the opportunity to come into contact with this material to help them and their families translate the mysterious and sacramental events of our table fellowship.”
- The Rt. Rev. C. Andrew Doyle
The Eucharist Instruction Curriculum is ideally suited for 1st through 3rd graders, though older and younger students will benefit as well. It is important to note that completion of this instruction is not a prerequisite to receiving Communion. This curriculum is modeled on the Eucharist format itself: We gather, we hear the Word of God, we respond to the Word, we offer our gifts, we celebrate and we are sent out. By teaching in this way, we hope to illuminate the Eucharistic celebration with which children are already familiar.
This curriculum is designed for instruction time at church and in the home. Children will have an opportunity to examine closely the furnishing and layout of the church, the sacristy, the baptismal font, the altar area. They will learn the names of the sacred vessels, the sacred furniture and the meanings and symbolism of these items. Within this context, children are given the opportunity to ask questions, to handle, to move around while being respectful of sacred spaces.