The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Communing children

There isn't a standard practice

Q: I'm not sure what to do with my children when it's time for communion. It seems like some kids participate and others just get a blessing. design picsHow do I know if my family is doing the right thing?

A: Across the ELCA, there isn't a standard practice that all churches follow when it comes to children and communion.

Although first communion classes are the norm at many congregations, others let parents decide when their children commune.

Ask your pastor about your congregation's practice of communing children — but also know that the ELCA allows baptized babies held in their parents' arms to receive the sacrament ("The Use of the Means of Grace"; ELCA, 1997).


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