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Can children take communion?


In The United Methodist Church, children are welcome to receive communion.  Our Book of Worship explains, "All who intend to lead a Christian life, together with their children, are invited to receive the bread and cup."

By Water and the Spirit: A United Methodist Understanding of Baptism, our statement on baptism, says, "Because the table at which we gather belongs to the Lord, it should be open to all who respond to Christ's love, regardless of age or church membership."

Parents may decide when their child can begin receiving communion.  The article "How Should Parents and the Church Welcome Children to the Lord's Supper?" helps parents and congregations develop appropriate ways to welcome children to the Lord's table.

Category: Communion
Tags: Children, Family, Communion