While there’s no right answer to this question, parents can get an idea of their child’s readiness based on their interest and ability to engage during a worship service. Your child may even start requesting participation in the Lord’s Supper, which gives you the chance to have a conversation about what it really means.
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 parents, ask yourself these questions:
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?
If you answered yes to these questions, your child is ready and welcome to receive the Lord’s Supper. To assist parents in this step, Family Ministry offers Sacraments classes each year, and materials for individual instruction are available.