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First Communion Traditions to Commemorate the Day

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Girl With Jesus – Musical First Communion Statue

When your child is ready to take his or her First Communion it is cause for celebration. You know what an important step this is for your child and their walk of personal faith. One way to help them grasp the importance of the occasion is to incorporate a truly festive atmosphere all around this spiritual event.

Since the Bible is full of God’s ideas on how to celebrate spiritual realities, we know that creating events to mark spiritual milestones is a good and even holy idea. God is a God of endless creativity and imagination. Some of us have a harder time with creativity. Here are some great ideas for celebrating a child’s First Communion.

1. Host a party
Nothing says celebration quite like an actual party. This can be a family affair. It can include godparents. It may include other Christians with whom your family or child is close. The more adults surrounding your child in his/her life of faith, the more they will sense that they have entered into a very real Christian community. Party foods can be whatever you like, but at least a special cake or cupcakes should be included. You may order a cake or decide to bake your own. Go online for cake ideas and recipes.

2. Start the day with a special meal
Whether or not you decide to host a party, you can start First Communion Sunday with a special breakfast. Homemade pancakes or waffles can be topped with a cross made of icing. An important-looking goblet filled with grape juice will feel special.

3. Take lots of pictures – one suitable for framing
Taking photos means this is a day worth remembering forever. Take lots of pictures. Be sure to get at least one shot that will be suitable for framing or making the centerpiece of a scrapbook page. Some parents decide to use a professional photographer.

4. Create your very own banner
Helping your child to create his/her own banner similar to the ones adorning the church will be memorable. Be sure to include symbols appropriate to the occasion – wheat (for the wafer), grapes (for the wine), a chalice and perhaps a dove (the Holy Spirit) or an Icthys (Christ) are just a few ideas. You can hang the banner at your party and later in your child’s room.

5. First Communion “First” gifts
This is a great opportunity to give your child their very own bible, rosary, cross necklace or book of prayers for the first time. These more grown-up gifts indicate that they are taking a grown-up step into their life of faith.

Whether you are looking for a photo album, book of prayers or even religious jewelry come take a look at The Printery House online gift shop. We print our very own First Communion cards and have a section of gifts devoted to this important occasion. We want to help you make this special day as memorable as possible!

Religious Greeting Cards Sent to Encourage and Uplift: Starting a Card Ministry

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In Your Doctor’s Best Advice

As nice as it is to get a surprise text from a friend during the day or discover an encouraging email in our inbox, there is still something extra-special about receiving a card in the mailbox. Perhaps we never fully outgrow our thrill over receiving gifts or maybe it’s just because cards and letters are expressions of love we can hold in our hands, but the fact remains – giving and receiving cards is meaningful in a way that digital communications may fall short.

When we want to let that other person know we are thinking of them and hope to breathe some new life into their heart, religious greeting cards can be just what the doctor ordered. Because they contain the life-giving words of Scripture, they contain powerful messages of love, hope or courage all on their own. Our few penned words jotted on the inside just seem to help the person take the eternally true Word of God into their heart as a personal gift.

One of the blessings of sending religious greeting cards is that it isn’t about us knowing exactly what to say, it’s about putting God’s words in another person’s path. Sometimes we don’t know what to say when a person has lost a loved one, has a family crisis or is dealing with challenges at work. But sending a card with God’s truth is much like taking our friend’s hand and placing it into the hand of God. We give them someone strong to hold onto when there are no human answers.

Other times people just need a good smile. When we can’t be there in person to produce a smile, cards can do the trick. Christian cards are not always serious; sometimes they are whimsical and funny. Oftentimes they can be sent for no other reason than to enclose a little ray of sunshine in an envelope to brighten another person’s day.

If you are looking for a way to minister God’s truth and hope to others, starting a card ministry could be one avenue for outreach. A card ministry can be formalized, meaning there is a group of people committed to card-writing with a system for who will write to whom and when. But a card ministry can also be a solo operation. Just you, your pen and a roll of stamps!

Maybe it’s been on your heart to take on a more active role in your church or community, but you weren’t sure what it might look like. It could be that God has a card ministry in mind for you. If you’re looking for religious greeting cards to send, The Printery House offers a wide range of cards for all sorts of occasions. Take some time to browse our site and with a few clicks of the mouse you will be set for an exciting ministry that touches lives with the hope of Christ.