Children at the Lord’s Table

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So I get a lot of questions about kids at the communion table. What do we do? Do they have to be baptized? Are they a part of the church when they are born into faith and grow up in the faith, much like a Jewish child in the Old Testament? I certainly don’t have the answers, and I won’t offer my own. But, I will give you here links to three really great discussions from Dr. John Mark Hicks (see below the picture) and his thoughts on children and the table. This have helped me a lot with my own children. You certainly don’t have to agree with me (or should I say with Dr. Hicks), nor change your practice. However, this is the conclusion I’ve come to. Hope you find these articles helpful.

And, when we disagree, I love the imagery of the Table because that is where we remember we are all a part of one Body, regardless of our disagreements.

And how about a throwback picture to last Easter of my kids? Seems appropriate for the discussion.

Kids

“Children at the Table” by Dr. John Mark Hicks

“Children, Church, and Baptism” by Dr. John Mark Hicks

And one on what it means to eat in an unworthy manner.

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