Q. When Can My Child Start Taking Communion?
A. When they become a “communicant member” (a member that takes communion) by professing their faith and being admitted to the table by the elders.
Near the end of the school year, all of the 5th grade students will cover the Communicant’s Class material in their regular Sunday School class.
But, parents can let us know (using the form below) anytime if they think their child is ready to take communion, even if they haven’t had the class.
In either case, the child must be able to say ‘yes’ to our 5 membership vows:
- Do you acknowledge yourself to be a sinner in the sight of God, justly deserving his displeasure, and without hope, except through his sovereign mercy?
- Do you believe that the Lord Jesus Christ is the Son of God, and Savior of sinners, and do you receive and trust Him alone for salvation as He has offered in the Gospel?
- Do you now resolve and promise, in humble reliance upon the grace of the Holy Spirit, that you will endeavor to live as becomes the followers of Christ?
- Do you promise to support the Church in its worship and work to the best of your ability?
- Do you submit yourselves to the government and discipline of the church and promise to further its purity and peace?
- Let us Know: Fill out this Communicant’s Form. Even if you told one of the pastors that your child is interested, it really helps us keep if you fill out this form.
- Schedule an Interview: Jenn Stewart will help arrange an interview with a pastor. The child will tell a pastor about their faith and answer some questions. There is no need to prep for this. It’s just a way of gauging basic faith and understanding of communion. The pastor will ask the other elders to approve of the child becoming a communicant member.
- Schedule the Taking of the Vows: Jenn Stewart will arrange for the child to take their vows in a worship service. After that the child is a full communicant member of NSF.