Sunday, September 1, 2013

Holy Communion with Food Allergies

We regularly attend church on Sundays, and once a month Holy Communion is offered.  We have never allowed Bubs to take Communion because of his allergies to milk, eggs, and peanuts.  You never know what is going to be in bread.  Then, almost 2 years ago, we learned that he is also sensitive to gluten, along with many other foods.  That makes finding a Communion bread even more difficult. 

The thought had never crossed my mind to find a Communion bread alternative that Bubs could have.  He was OK with not receiving it.  Sometimes he would walk to the front of church with us, and sometimes he would stay in his seat.  I left it up to him since he wouldn't be partaking. 

A few weeks ago, one of the women at church (who follows my blog and realized there was a need) asked if there was a way they could provide some bread for him to eat.  It caught me a little off guard as I hadn't put any thought into that.  I told her I could bake something ahead of time, then bring it to church on Communion Sunday.  Then I thought that maybe I could just bring a piece of his sandwich rice bread (less work for me).  But he eats that stuff all the time and it wouldn't be special.  So I jumped online and searched for gluten-free communion bread.  I found some made by EnerG!  They are Top 8 Free and perfect for the church.  I sent a link to this woman asking if the church would be willing to purchase these so all the attendees with food allergies/sensitivities could join in the ritual. 

The church did order these EnerG Communion Wafers, and today Bubs enjoyed his very first Communion!  What a special moment for him and me!  And how incredibly thoughtful of this woman and the church to make these accommodations for him and others with special diet needs.  The feeling is amazing to feel so included and welcomed.  We are so blessed to be part of such a wonderful church community. 

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