The Sacrament of Communion
The Acton Congregational Church is a member of the United Church of Christ. We are a Protestant community, which means we observe two central sacraments. They are Baptism and the Eucharist (also called communion or the Lord’s Supper). These practices are attributed to Jesus in the Gospels. By employing common things of the earth -water, bread, and the fruit of the vine - the sacraments are outward signs of an inward grace which have sustained Christ’s disciples for over two millennia.
At Acton Congregational Church, the table is open to all who believe in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior, no matter what their church background or denominational affiliation.
Children at Acton Congregational Church are invited to participate in the monthly Communion service beginning in 1st grade. Prior to the beginning of the Communion service, a short hymn is played at which time children and teachers in 1st grade through 8th, enter the sanctuary to sit with and share the Lord’s Supper with their families. A child’s participation is completely at the discretion of their parents.
For a copy of Acton Congregational Church’s "A Guide to the Sacraments: Baptism and Communion," please click here.
Communion resources for families
Resources from the Connecticut Conference of the United Church of Christ:
Do This To Remember Me! -- A Book for Families on the Sacrament of Holy Communion by Rosemary Turner
Jesus Loves Me: The Young Child and Communion by Donna Papenhausen
Books about Communion in the Hosmer Children's Library:
Prayer & Worship #3 A Place for You - My Holy Communion by Daniel Erlander
Prayer & Worship #9 Come Unto Me: Rethinking the Sacraments by Elizabeth Francis Caldwell
Toddler #34 The Lord's Supper by Joni Walker
Communion Activities for Children