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5-Minute Messages

*Theme: Communion

*Text: 1 Corinthians 11:23-26

*Preparation: Bring a McDonald's "Happy Meal" box. Put enough bread for all your kids, a container of juice, and a Happy Meal toy in the box.

*The Message: (Show the Happy Meal.) What is this? How many of you have ever had one of these? What's your favorite part of a Happy Meal? (Show them the toy.)

Did you know our church has happy meals, too? We really do! I have the church's happy meal right in here. What do you think is in it? (Wait for responses and then pull out the bread and juice.) Our church's happy meal is called communion (or your church's term). We're happy when we eat it because it helps us remember Jesus' life and death. I want you to remember Jesus, so here's a part of our happy meal for each of you. (Distribute the bread out of your Happy Meal box.)

Let's pray. Thank you, God, for Jesus' death and resurrection. Thank you also for communion as a reminder of what Jesus has done for us. Amen.

Neil MacQueen is an associate minister for children in Illinois.

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