When can my child take Communion? This is a question parents ponder as their children reach the developmental age that allows them to sit through a worship service and request participation in the Lord's Supper. This age varies depending on the child. Readiness to receive the Lord's Supper varies also, and is determined by parents after considering a number of questions.
The Book of Order of the PC(USA) states that “invitation to the Lord’s Supper is extended to all who have been baptized ...Baptized children who are being nurtured and instructed in the significance of the invitation to the Table and the meaning of their response are invited to receive the Lord’s Supper, recognizing that their understanding of participation will vary according to their maturity”. (W-2.4011)
So the questions to be answered are these:
1. Has my child been Baptized?
2. Have I taught my child what Communion is about or has my child been to a sacraments class?
3. Do I feel my child understands on his or her own level what it means to take Communion?
Affirmative answers to these questions indicate that the child is ready and is welcome to receive the Lord’s Supper. To assist parents in this determination, Family Ministry offers Sacraments classes each year. Materials for individual instruction are available.