Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Eucharist a.k.a Holy Communion

Each year we celebrate Eucharist, also known as Holy Communion, during two All School Chapels.  During the first one Lower School students observe faculty and older students participate in this sacred meal.  In the spring, with your permission and guidance, Lower School students may participate or once again observe. We will celebrate Eucharist with bread only, no wine or juice.

Lower School Religion classes and Chapel services introduce students to
 many different religious rituals and traditions.  The celebration of Eucharist is a sacrament central to the Episcopal faith.  To prepare for these celebrations we explore stories in the Bible that have inspired this tradition.  During class, some students shared what they believe or have been taught about communion.  Others asked thoughtful, curious questions.  We clarify misconceptions, and talk through the specific choices they will have in the spring. (Observing and/or praying in the pew, coming forward for a blessing, or for communion.)

Our classes emphasize that Christians who celebrate communion do so in many different ways, and that this ritual remembering of Jesus is not a part of many Christian denominations. We review the story of the Last Supper, including the version found in the Gospel of John wherein the disciples are encouraged to remember Jesus by serving one another. We talk about the similarity of the word communion with community, and the meaning of the word Eucharist (thanksgiving). We discuss the meaning of the word “amen” which can be interpreted to mean “I believe”. Children have been encouraged to discuss the communion ritual at home with you, in the context of this question: “What does our family believe?”

The form below will be sent home in the spring:
 This will ensure that each family’s wishes are honored and help all students have a positive, prayerful experience in Chapel.

Please contact me with any questions or concerns.
Peace, Chaplain Nan Zosel

Student’s name:                                                                    Teacher:

Please indicate how your child may participate
in our celebration of Eucharist.  Choose ONE.

My child will remain seated for this part of the Chapel.                                      
My child may come forward for a blessing.                                                           
My child may come forward to partake of the bread.                                         

Box tops!

Breck collects boxtops ALL YEAR LONG! 

 The money raised supports "Philanthropy Projects" spearheaded by students. 
Our 2016 Philanthropy projects are:
  • Agape/Oasis and Prism - These organizations support families in crisis.
  • Education efforts in Sri Lanka
  • Little People of America - an advocacy group for people with Dwarfism
  • Micro loans for women in developing countries
Think Pink!  
Boxtops may be delivered to classroom or to our "Service Shelf".  
There is also a handy receptacle right by Door D. 

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Books for Parents

Religion can seem like a daunting, mysterious subject.  We are sometimes cautioned to "not bring it up at dinner" for fear of offending, or instigating an argument.  And yet...

How can we truly understand one another if we tiptoe around such enormous, potent topics?  Our beliefs, our traditions, our ways of worship or of practicing thankfulness make up who we are, as individuals and as community members.

The books below are honest and accessible and even humorous.  The Faith Club was written post Sept. 11, by three mothers from different faith traditions.  They felt called to "do something" to address the apparent animosity and ignorance regarding religion.  Their first instinct was to create a children's book.  They soon discovered that they needed to do some deep learning first.  They committed to meeting regularly in order to gain knowledge and perspective about faith traditions that were unfamiliar.  They had fears, tense moments, tears; and yet through it all they remained vulnerable and open to the experience.

Anne Lamott is a humorist, a Christian, a writer, a mother, a recovering addict, and in my opinion, one of the great theologians of our age.  She has published numerous books.  Her collections of essays about her adventures in faith and worship are laugh out loud funny.