Should or can the blessed elements be consumed after the service as if they are a snack?  Children ask for the remainder.

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Dear John,

Thank you for writing with your question.  It's a good one.  It is VERY proper for children in the congregation to be given the left over bread to eat.  They should be instructed that it is to be finished ... and not played with or allowed to fall on the floor.  And, it is to never be put in the Microwave.  However, apart from that, children should be welcome to consume the leftover elements (if those elements are not to be taken to the shut ins or those in hospitals or nursing homes).


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