We celebrate the Lord’s Supper monthly in recognition of our communion with Jesus Christ as he commanded in Luke 22:19 and 20, “And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, ‘This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.’ In the same way, after the supper he took the cup, saying, ‘This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you.'” By taking the bread and juice we are united with Jesus Christ and his church and with one another as we recommit our lives to serving him and look forward to his coming again. Communion is generally held on the first Sunday of month, and is one of two sacraments we practice (the other is baptism) during our worship services. Anyone who professes Jesus Christ as his/her personal Lord and Savior is welcome to participate in Communion, regardless of church membership. Wondering if your child should take communion?
Children and Communion
It’s Sunday morning and your family is sitting in the pew. The bread and cup are on the table up front and the pastor is preparing to serve the Lord’s Supper. It’s not unusual that a child can be heard asking, “Can I have some bread and juice too?” or “I’m hungry. May I have the snack?” So when is a child ready to take communion?
The Lord’s Supper is one of two sacraments ordained by Christ that are celebrated at First (baptism is the other). Sacraments are signs of our covenant relationship with Christ that represent a significant relationship between Jesus Christ and a believer. It is important for those participating in the Lord’s Supper to understand its significance; therefore, it is important that a child understand the meaning of the Lord’s Supper before partaking. The Reformed Church in America specifies that before children take part in the Lord’s Supper they be able to profess their faith before members of the consistory (elders and deacons). This is done in a way that is comfortable and relaxed for the child.
When your child expresses interest in partaking of the Lord’s Supper, it is important to consider their readiness for this significant sacrament. Does your child understand that Jesus Christ died for their sins? Is your child able to articulate his/her faith in Jesus and desire to follow him? If so, they may be ready to join in the Lord’s Supper.
Baptism is one of two sacraments we practice during our worship services (the other is Communion). We believe baptism is not necessary for salvation, but is a symbol of God’s grace offered to all people.
We baptize infants as a sign and seal of God’s covenant of grace with us. We also baptize adults who have not previously been baptized upon their profession of faith in Jesus Christ.