Communion is an important sacrament for the Christian church, but knowing when your child should participate is often confusing for many parents. Though some Churches have clear boundaries and guidelines outlined by the pastor or the denomination, the ultimate responsibility is with the parents. So try answering these three questions:
Q1. What is communion?
Communion is a sacrament, an outward expression of an inward reality. We don’t take communion to become right with God or to get his favor. We do it to remember the sacrifice of Christ on the cross. It’s a physical expression that points to a spiritual reality, and Jesus commanded us to do it to make sure that the cross and the resurrection are central to the Christian message generation after generation.
Q2. Who is qualified to take communion?
There’s one simple qualification for anyone to take communion: faith in Christ. Young or old, man or woman, member or non-member, the Bible gives only one answer to this question. If you have trusted Jesus for your salvation, you are encouraged to take communion to remember what Christ has done for you.
Q3. Is your kid ready?
Now we can answer the final question. With an understanding of communion and the qualifications for taking it at church, is your child ready? Has your son or daughter put their faith in Christ for salvation? Remember that your kid doesn’t need the same depth of faith that you have. That will come in due time! For now the question is simply “have they genuinely trusted in Jesus for their salvation?”. If you can answer “yes” to that question, your child is ready. Make sure they understand what communion is. Use it as an opportunity to emphasize the simple message of the Gospel, which is that we are saved by faith and not by works. Let communion be what Christ intended for it to be, an affirmation of who Jesus is and what he has freely done for us.
- Watch the video together or invite someone to summarize the topic.
- What is your initial reaction to this video? Do you disagree with any of it? What jumped out at you?
- Explain communion in your own words. When did you first take communion? Did you understand what it was about?
- Has your child trusted Jesus for salvation? If so, when did it happen? If not, when do you think they’ll be ready?
- Write a personal action step based on this conversation.