First Presbyterian offers a Communion Training Class for Children in 2nd grade and any others who are older that might not have had the opportunity and who have been baptized. Children and their parents meet for three Sunday morning sessions during the Sunday School hours to learn about communion. Pastors and the Director of Children’s Ministry lead these classes.
At the end of the 3 week course, families who have made the decision for their child to take communion and teaching elders are invited to participate in a special Teaching Meal that provides a time for celebrating the family decision. The children are recognized and welcomed to the Lord’s Table at the first time they receive communion. We encourage all baptized children and parents to take this class to increase your child’s understanding of communion.
How do you know when your child is ready to participate in communion? The right time is different for each child. The Book of Order of the Presbyterian Church (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)
Contact Sarah White with any questions you may have.