How to Capture First Communion Memories

First communion usually occurs during childhood.
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First communion is a rite of passage in many Christian churches. It's a highly celebrated event because of the time and dedication it takes to prepare for the big day, as well as the symbolic meaning it has for those who love Jesus Christ. In most churches, a first communion occurs in junior high school, though it can take place a few years before or a few years after, too. While you'll certainly have fond memories of watching your child reach this milestone, you can also capture the day in creative ways so you can each look back and remember this important celebration.

Take several photographs of your child receiving her first communion. Include shots of her walking up to the altar, holding her hand out for her communion wafer and the proud smile on her face as she walks back to her seat. Before or after the service, take a few pictures of your child with the pastor or priest, as well as several with you and your spouse. Compile the pictures into a photo book and accent each with scrapbooking supplies such as printed paper or stickers.

Create a first communion shadowbox. Have one of your photographs enlarged and attach it to the back of the shadowbox with a stickpin or two. Add a few mementos of the day along the bottom of the shadowbox. You might include a cross, rosary beads or a small Bible. If your church uses disposable communion cups, consider rinsing your child's first one and adding it to the shadowbox.

Sit down with your child and go through the photographs of his first communion. Choose the best one and it have it professionally framed in an attractive silver frame. Have the frame personalized with your child's name and the date of his first communion. Display the photo in a prominent place in your home.

Keep a journal with your child. In the months leading up to her first communion, take turns writing your thoughts in a journal. You might ask your child questions about the classes she's taking to prepare, or you might encourage her to share her excitement or what she's nervous about. Include a few of the most notable parts of her first communion, such as what Bible verses were read or a few quotes from the pastor or priest's sermon. Write your thoughts and feelings immediately before and after your child takes her first communion. Encourage her to do the same. The finished journal is a keepsake your child can look back on for many years.

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Sara Ipatenco has taught writing, health and nutrition. She started writing in 2007 and has been published in Teaching Tolerance magazine. Ipatenco holds a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in education, both from the University of Denver.