Redeemer’s Communicant Process for Children
noun: communicant; plural noun: communicants
- a person who receives Holy Communion.
In short, a communicant is someone who has a good working knowledge of his or her need of faith and repentance and is ready to partake of the Lord’s Supper during the worship service.
Why is there need for a process?
At Redeemer, children of members are considered “non-communing” members until they transition to become “communing” members, or those who partake of the Lord’s Supper. What does this mean in simple terms? God loves our whole family, and our children are considered part of his church - no matter what their age or understanding may be. As a child’s understanding of the gospel increases, he or she becomes more and more interested in participating in the Lord’s Supper. Before taking the supper though, a child must understand what it means to examine oneself before the Lord -- particularly one’s ability to come in repentant faith before the Lord at the Supper.* This is where the communicant training process enters in to assist the transition of children becoming communing members.
How does a parent or guardian know when his or her child is ready to partake of the Lord’s Supper? Simple profession of faith? Understanding what the Supper is all about? Or is there still more, like needing to be a certain age? These are the good questions that are answered in the communicant training process.
The goal of the communicant training process is for the child to be interviewed by the elders. For some children, this may sound scary, but rest assured, the elders are not that scary, especially since parents/guardians are with their child during the interview. Why is this necessary? The elders are charged with the joyful task of admitting people into membership and thus to the Lord’s Table. It may be summarized that elders are listening for a child articulate his or her own faith, be able to identify and repent over personal sins on his or her own, and have basic understanding of the Lord’s Supper.
What is the communicant process at Redeemer?
There are two pathways practiced at Redeemer for children to become communing members. First, when parents/guardians feel that their child is ready to worthily partake of the Lord’s Supper, they may go through study materials at home with their child(ren) at their own pace. Second, parents/guardians of children in 3rd-5th grades are also welcome to register for the six-week Communicant Class being taught during the summer.
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Q. Westminster Shorter Catechism 97. What is required to the worthy receiving of the Lord’s Supper?
A. It is required of them that would worthily partake of the Lord’s Supper, that they examine themselves of their knowledge to discern the Lord’s body, of their faith to feed upon him, of their repentance, love, and new obedience; lest, coming unworthily, they eat and drink judgment to themselves.