Children and Communion - An Experience from Mexico

During a recent Retoños en las ruinas: esperanza en el trauma (Roots in the ruins: hope in trauma) course with the Christian Church, Disciples of Christ and Congregational churches of México, I asked the participants to write about a healing ritual in their congregations. A participant wrote the following:

"The  ritual of communion at the church of "La Reforma" in the state of San Luis Potosí, México is something beautiful I would like to share.  The children have the responsibility of serving the elements of communion.  We have a list with all the children, and every Sunday, one serves the bread, one the wine and another takes up and prays for the offering.  Each one prays for the elements, though sometimes we have to help them, and they also read a Bible text.  The children love this moment, and I believe that it has helped them be more self-confident and to feel like they are an important part of this church and community."

Elena Huegel serves as a Mission Co-worker with the Intercultural Research and Studies Institute (INESIN), Chiapas, Mexico. Her appointment is made possible by your gifts to Disciples Mission Fund, Our Churchs Wider Mission, WOC, OGHS and your special gifts.


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  • Elena Huegel
    commented 2018-10-02 22:21:01 -0400
    ¡Hola Lisa! Thanks so much for your note and for praying for the children in Chiapas. Most of the time we use wafers and grape juice for communion, but on special occasions, we have also used corn tortillas and chocolate “pozol,” a cold drink with corn, water, sugar and cocoa. It is a long process to make, but so delicious!! I don´t know exactly how to make it, but maybe you can find a recipe. Remember that corn (Ixim in Mayan) and cocoa (or Kakaw) is originally from the Mayan areas of Mexico and Central America. We also cover the table in either white or colorful cloths, hand made with a back strap loom. The children at my church here in Chiapas are learning to play the marimba for the next communion service. The marimbas are the most traditional instrument in the area and young and old alike just come alive with joy at its sound!
  • Lisa P. Harrill
    commented 2018-10-01 13:04:02 -0400
    Hello Elena. Many thanks for affirming this idea as we regularly have children lead a service once a semester at our church here in the Republic of Panama. On Nov 17th, we will be celebrating communion on Persecuted Church Sunday, led by the children. At the each communion station for the five countries we will be specifically praying for, (Chiapas, Mexico is one for sure), we wanted to use elements that might be used to celebrate communion, unique to those countries. Could you describe what would typically be used please?
  • Elena Huegel
    published this page in News 2018-09-21 16:30:46 -0400