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UPDATE. How do you prepare a 4 year old for the taste of wine?

Posted by Anonymous   + Show Post
I knew that would get your attention.

My godson who is 4 is being baptized this Sunday and he was asking me what communion tastes like. We use real wine and communion wafers so I told him the wafers taste like paper and the wine tastes like grape juice but burns a bit when you swallow. We also had a talk about making sure not to spit it out if he doesn't like it.

So if you attend church how would you describe what communion tastes like to a small child.

Edit so I don't have to continue to repeat myself.

We are Episcopal. We don't have a first communion persay, we call it conformation and that happens when you're 12-13. Before that you're baptized and as long as you are baptized you are allowed to take communion.

Also for future reference, I can not demand the preacher start serving grape juice. Episcopalians use wine during communion. Not grape juice.

Update today, Sunday.

He did great, he dipped his wafer in the wine and ate it without spitting it out. He behaved so well in church and during the baptism.
Posted by Anonymous on Feb. 20, 2014 at 3:31 PM
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by Emerald Member on Feb. 20, 2014 at 3:39 PM

What religion?

by on Feb. 20, 2014 at 3:39 PM

If it's Catholic then I'd probably let him have only the wafer.  But he's too young to take communion...what other church uses real wine?  In the Catholic faith he would have to attend the classes and take first communion at the age of seven.  So don't even worry about it.  Other churches might be different though.

I've only seen little kids take the wafer.

Buy a small bottle.  Give him a sip.  The church prepared my son with un blessed wafers but I don't think he was given wine.

by on Feb. 20, 2014 at 3:40 PM

 be careful, it's a hard habit to break!

Quoting Anonymous: Ohh good idea, I'll pick him up a pack today.

Quoting mamabear55:

with a cigarette


by Anonymous 1 - Original Poster on Feb. 20, 2014 at 3:40 PM
Well we don't have wafers here, I'll mention letting him try a sip of wine at home to his mom and let her decide if she wants to try that.

Quoting Anonymous: Our church (baptist) always had tortillas and juice lol sometimes not even grape. I would just give him a sip at home and a wafer. You can even have him practice the entire ceremony and explain why you do it.
by on Feb. 20, 2014 at 3:40 PM
Give him a sip ahead of time. It won't hurt him. Many cultures give their kids wine.
by on Feb. 20, 2014 at 3:40 PM
This in a nutshell

Quoting Dzyre1115:

 We give our children sips from when they are young....we drink a lot of wine and they will too when they're older.  It's not taboo in our home, but we live more traditionally according to our ethnicity rather than to American culture.

by on Feb. 20, 2014 at 3:40 PM
The wine tastes like crap and communion tastes like cardboard, it's all gross.
by Anonymous 2 on Feb. 20, 2014 at 3:41 PM
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You said making sure not to spit it out if he doesnt like it. Id call that forcing. Here take this it tastes nasty but you cant spit it out. Lol wow..

Quoting Anonymous: He's not being forced and never will be, that's not what taking communion is about. He WANTS to and asked me what it tastes like. That's it.

Quoting Anonymous: Tell him its bitter.... lol id never force my kid to drink wine. Ihate wine it makes me sick id feel terrible forcing my kid to. Thank god my church uses juice lol
by Gold Member on Feb. 20, 2014 at 3:41 PM

 its been a while since ive been to a baptism so do the baptized usually have communion? i though not until 2-3 rd grade when they have their first communion.

by Ruby Member on Feb. 20, 2014 at 3:41 PM
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Well, if my childhood memories are correct, by the time you get it then wine tastes like the backwash of about 50 people.

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