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Is it wrong for children to take
the Lord's Supper?
QUESTION:  Is it wrong for children to take the Lord's Supper?  Should they take it?

ANSWER:
The authoritative statement of Christian faith, its canon, is the New Testament.  

There are four things to discuss in this answer:
1) What is the Lord's Supper? 2) Who is to
take the Lord's Supper? 3) How is the Lord's Supper to be observed?  4) What are we
trying to teach our children?
Read Matthew 26+26-29; Mark 14:22-25; Luke 22:16-20; 1 Corinthians 11:20-34; Acts 20:7

1) What is the Lord's Supper?

The Last Supper became the Lord's Supper for the church.  The unleavened bread
representing His body, and the fruit of the vine (it is never referred to as wine) representing
His blood.  It is a remembrance of the sacrifice of Jesus' body on the cross, His blood which
was shed there, till He comes again.

It is the very reason that the church assembles on the first day of the week: to take the
memorial.  Thus, every first day of the week the memorial is taken.

It is an act of holy faith.  It is a sacred time.  It is when, with the Lord, we observe our
"Passover."  There is no more solemn, holy and sacred act in all of our worship of God.

2) Who is to take the Lord's Supper?

Since the very purpose of the Lord's Supper is a showing of faith, only believers (members of
the church) are to take the emblems.  They are showing their faith.

3) How is the Lord's Supper to be observed?

Worthily.  Not that we are to be worthy, for in a very real sense no one can ever  be worthy: the
sacrifice is of grace.  Worthily is an adverb, describing the action; not an adjective describing
the person.  It is to be done in the solemn, respectful, holy remembrance of the Lord's body
and blood.

4) What are we trying to teach our children?

Now, let us tie everything together.

Parents have a responsibility to teach their children spiritual values: "to bring them up in the
nurture and admonition of the Lord."

They should teach them that there is something special about the Lord's Supper.  It is not a
mid-service snack.  That is a concept that can be difficult for small children to comprehend.  
Are they taught that lesson best by letting them make a mid-service snack out of the Lord's
Supper?  Common food and the taking of the Lord's Supper are vastly different.

Children should be taught that the Lord's Supper is for believers (members of the church).  
Should we teach our children that they are members of the church by having them take the
emblems?

To eat and drink the emblems without remembering the body and blood of the Lord is "eating
and drinking damnation."  Should we teach our children to take the Lord's Supper when they
do not know what it is, and do not, and can not do it remembering the body and blood of
Jesus?

The observance of the Lord's Supper is not by invitation, and is not a matter that is refused.  
Each person must look within themselves as to why and what they are doing in the
observation of the Lord's Supper.

My wife, when the children were small, took Cheerios and pretzels and a sippy cup for them.  
These were given to the children if they needed a mid-service snack, not the Lord's Supper.

"And now, brethren, I commend you to God, and to the word of His grace, which is able to
build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified." [Acts 20:32]
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