At New Life, we teach that every child should be trained and taught about Jesus by their parents in the home. Our role is come along side and assist you, but we not replace you.
Right along with this, is the decision on whether your child is ready to receive communion. We leave this decision up to the parent, but find if the child has been raised learning about Jesus since birth it is typically around age 7 or 8. If your child sees the bread and the cup as snack time, they are likely not ready.
We found a great article recently about this topic and we will share an excerpt below. The full article is here.
Sooner or later, a child who is regularly sitting through a Sunday morning worship service is bound to ask something like,
“Why can’t I have a ‘snack’ like everyone else?” So it is not surprising that the second most-frequent question I am asked in children’s ministry is, “When should my child take the Lord’s Supper?” Since it is such a prevalent question, I have been encouraged to write an article on the subject.
A General Response
When people inquire about children taking the Lord’s Supper, I have two perspectives to share with them. The first is that our communion services are open to all present, including children, who are:
- trusting in Jesus Christ alone for the forgiveness of their sins and the fulfillment of all his promises to us (including eternal life); and
- who intend to follow him as Lord and obey his commandments.
Therefore, children are welcome to participate in the Lord’s Supper:
- when they can understand its significance;
- when they are able to give a credible profession of faith in Christ;
- and when they consciously intend to follow the Lord in obedience.
- There is no test they take or class they attend to help establish their readiness. We simply leave it up to parents to decide when their young disciples are ready.