A Class for parents & students
For more information, contact Ryan Randolph,
Why a communicants class?
The Lord Jesus commanded the making of disciples through baptism and instruction of the baptized (Matt 28:19-20). The life signified in baptism must be nurtured by the Word. The Spirit’s strengthening occurs daily in the Christian life and also over the span of one’s life. In the process of such nourishment and growth, it is possible that there is a stage at which it is advantageous for the Christian community to provide special instruction to the maturing child. This instruction becomes one of many experiences where the child receives encouragement, nourishment, and is able to find expression of his/her faith. This instruction contributes to the lifelong process of growing in the grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ (2 Pet 3:18).
How does this class relate to church membership and communion?
Two categories are used under the heading of church membership: communing members and non-communing members. Communing members are those who have given a credible profession of faith, have been baptized, and have been admitted to the communion table. Non-communing members are children whose parents are members of the church but have not been granted access to the communion table as a protection against them eating and drinking in an unworthy manner (1 Cor 11:26-27). Nevertheless, they are regarded as (non-communing) members of the church by birthright and baptism, and as such have the benefit of the prayers, ministry, and oversight of the church. It is their responsibility and privilege to personally receive Christ as Savior and consequently be admitted to the communion table.
This class is provided under the authority of the elders, whose responsibility it is as God’s ordained shepherds of the church to discern who ought to be received into membership in the local church and also admitted to the communion table. Since no one will know a child like his/her parent(s), the elders rely upon the testimony of Christian parents; therefore, this class is intended by the leadership of the church to be instructive for both parents and their child.
Can my child take communion prior to this class?
The church must carry out its ministry in a manner consistent with the Scriptures and that promotes order and mutual edification through Word and Sacrament. Therefore, the elders of Grace have adopted the following statement on children and the Lord's Supper.