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Now’s the time to help children through a communion service

A new resource for churches has just arrived at the Eastmoor Resource Centre – the Communion Clock.

The clock is an aid for children to find their way through a communion service, as well as teaching them what each part of the service is about.

As you move through the service, children stick the appropriate symbol on to the board, to help them to identify what is happening at each stage of the liturgy and where that fits into the wider service. Younger children will enjoy sticking brightly coloured things onto the board, whereas older children will develop a deeper understanding of the Communion service.

There are also allowances for season- as well as the section to mark what church season you are in, and what colour represents that season, giving you an opportunity to explain to them ‘why’. There are also additional markers for lighting the Advent Wreath and reading the 10 Commandments in Lent.

There is an accompanying booklet available which matches the images to the skeleton of a communion service (to allow for the use of different liturgies), which help to familiarise older children with following the service for themselves.

The communion clock and booklet were made by Eleanor Zuercher, the author of Through the Year with Jesus and Not Sunday, Not School, and has been used with children in her home parish in Oxford Diocese.

If you would like to borrow the clock for use in your church then it is available from the Eastmoor Resource library, along with Eleanor’s books.

The Eastmoor library is inside St Barnabas church in Uplands and is open Monday-Friday, 9am-12noon.

You can contact Zoe Gilbert for more about Eastmoor on 01792 281566, or Rachel Bunting for more information about the Communion Clock on 01792 652891.