The Lord's Supper is a meal that was shared by Jesus and his disciples just before Jesus' death. During this meal, Jesus predicted his death, and he used bread to symbolise his body and wine to represent his blood. Taking communion (as some denominations term it) is a way for Christians to remember the sacrifice that Jesus made. Using crafts is a good way to help children understand the meaning of the Lord's Supper.
This craft requires pieces of foam board or wood rounds, scissors and markers. In this activity, children design a sort of disk that represents the elements of the Lord's Supper. If you have access to wooden rounds, they make great disks. If not, cut disks out of foam board. Trace them first by using a small cup or glass as your circle pattern. Once your disks are ready, have the children draw a picture of bread on one side and a cup on the other. Use the disks to discuss what the elements of the Lord's Supper represent.
This craft allows children to write a personal expression of gratitude for Jesus' sacrifice. After discussing the Lord's Supper, its symbols and its significance, give a paper cup to each child. Cut a strip of construction paper wide enough and long enough to fit around the cup. You will eventually wrap this paper around the cup and glue it into place, but first have each child write a personal note of thanks to Jesus. They can also draw artwork around their notes. After gluing the strips to the cups, serve grape juice and unleavened bread or crackers for a Lord's Supper remembrance.
This cross ties in the Lord's Supper with Jesus' death on the cross. Cut out crosses from construction paper (see Resources for a template). Have your students draw pictures symbols of the Lord's Supper on the crosses ,and discuss how the Lord's Supper preceded Jesus' death on the cross. Laminate the crosses with laminating paper or a laminating machine. Use a hole punch to punch a hole in the centre of the top of the cross. Thread a piece of ribbon through the hole and tie it. The students then can use the crosses as bookmarks or hang them up for display.