Redeemer’s Communicant Process for Children
Do you have a child that is ready to take communion? There are two pathways practiced at Redeemer, both of which are intended to prepare non-communing members for the Lord’s Supper. First, when parents/guardians feel that their child is ready to worthily partake of the Lord’s Supper, they may elect to receive at home study materials to be reviewed in the home in preparation for an elder interview. Second, parents/guardians are also welcome to have their child take the Communicant Class that is an eight-week class that begins on Sunday, June 5. With questions or to sign your child up, please contact Todd Dawkins [firstname.lastname@example.org].
What is a communicant? A communicant is one who has come to clearly understand the Gospel thereby permitting them to receive the Lord’s Supper during the worship service.
Why is there need for a process? The children of parents who are church members are themselves considered to be non-communing church members who are under the care of the church. As non-communing members, these children are taught to love God and to obey and serve the Lord Jesus Christ. When these children are able to understand the Gospel, they are to be earnestly reminded that they are members of the Church by birthright, and that it is their duty and privilege personally to accept Christ, to confess Him before men, and to seek admission to the Lord’s Supper. At this point, children are given a chance to meet with a member of the Session to be examined of their understanding of the faith so that they are ready to “worthily partake of the Lord’s Supper”* and become communing members of the church.
Q. 97 (WSC). 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.
Art Credit: Jason Dorsey, Children's Membership Catechism