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Infants Take Holy Communion

Should infants partake in holy communion even if they have not been confirmed?

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Jk ... no I am not a memebr of the Methodist church, but I would mention that the children I was talking about are not baptised.
and those allowed to communicate include those who haveno understanding of what they are doing.
---alan_of_UK on 3/4/08

Alan of Uk:: Friend many denominational institutions have their own degrees of understanding.IMHO a child only comes to the age of reason age 7.which is the beginning of ones journey to comprehension.To introduce HIS word, to this growing mind seems appropriate.This is an RCC teaching which is used as a guide in all RC schools and churches.
---Emcee on 3/4/08

**But I am concerned at the policy of a nearby (Methodist) church which allows all chidren to partake, on the basis that they should not be excluded.**

Are you a member of this Methodist church? If not, it's none of your business.

In Eastern Christianity, infants are baptized and brought up to communion from that time.
---Jack on 3/4/08

Only those who has been saved through the Blood of Jesus Christ, my friend. The heart I do not know about. The Blood I do know about. And this, His Blood, is what gets me through every single day of my life. Nothing but the Blood. Lets all of us stop mocking God's Blood. It is the only thing that will keep you out of HELL. The firy fires of HELL. My friends. The cross is not something that we should shun. Hell is something that we should all shun.++
---catherine on 3/4/08

Communion is celebrated in churches which do not have the formality of baptism. My own Anglican church says that anyone who has accepted Jesus can partake, and I like that. But I am concerned at the policy of a nearby (Methodist) church which allows all chidren to partake, on the basis that they should not be excluded.
---alan_of_uK on 3/4/08

The rule in the Church of England is that those who have been confirmed can take Communion, however, the moderator is correct when he says that only those who love the Lord should take it. In non-conformist churches this is usually made clear to the congregation at each communion service.
---M.P. on 6/21/07

To eloy, let's see, what did JAMES say was pure religion? James C-1 Verse-27 I wonder how many are truly doing this.
---Thomas on 3/14/06

I do not know what the questioner had in mind, but in the UK, infant means a child under the age of 7.
Some here recall their children accepting Christ when they are younger than that. Presumably then they could be eligible to take communion as believers?
---alan_of_uK on 3/14/06

Infants are encapable of understanding the meaning of communion. Why would they need to take communion?
---Tommy on 3/10/06

sal, the caution Paul states for communion takers is that, If you're hungry and thirsty then eat at home, rather than come together in church and greedily eat and drink the communion even before all have their portion and even before the prayer of thanksgiving is offered, because it is disrespectful. I have not witnessed infants taking communion, but I would think that the parent would have to give the communion to the infant seeing as the infant probably is not able to eat and drink on their own.
---Eloy on 3/10/06

sal, look up and read the scripture passages I cited below.
---Eloy on 3/10/06

Does Gerber make a Communion Baby food for infants?
---Elder on 3/10/06

1Cr 11:27 Wherefore whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the Lord, unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord. v.29 For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord's body. Some churches read out these verses before inviting 'those who love the Lord' to partake. This makes it clear that it is not meant for EVERYONE to take.
---M.P. on 3/10/06

Eloy, you just make up your own rules. the Word does not imply that the little children be infants partaking in communion. Go back and read scripture about communion.
---Sal on 3/9/06

Giving an infant communion is very much not according to God's Word. An infant knows nothing of the meaning of communion and that is a must! Never in my life, even when I was a catholic, did I ever hear of an infant receiving communion. This sounds sacrilege.
---J.P. on 3/9/06

Alan, the Methodist Church is going down-hill rapidly. Its teaching has been watered down over the last 30 or more years to a point where it is now almost unrecognisable as being the Church that I once knew.
---M.P. on 3/9/06

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O' vain people who think they can regulate God's grace, and dictate who gets to partake of God's grace and who doesn't. Religion is sin. People should not take something as simple as communion and turn it into religion. Please know that God hates religion and ceremony and formality, for this is all vain and lacks the virtue of God. All are welcome to the Lord's table, and especially the children, for of such is the kingdom of God. Please read Matthew 23:13; Luke 18:15-17.
---Eloy on 3/9/06

Mima ... Why does congfirmation raise a red flag?
---alan_of_uK on 3/9/06

Looking to the Bible as my first source of why to or not to do something, I would think research there would be the best answer. Jesus said we should "do this" (take communion[a word also not there])"in remembrence of me". How could any person, big or small, be justified in taking communion if they did not have knowledge of Jesus and His place in our lives?
---mikefl on 3/8/06

Any non-Christian of any age should not take communion. Communion is a commerative act that a Christian takes part in as a reminder of what Christ did for them. To the non-christian, since they haven't accepted what Christ did for them, communion means nothing. It has nothing to do with salvation nor will a person get "points" from God by taking communion.
---WIVV on 3/8/06

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The fact that you give confirmation a prominent role in your question, waves a red flag at me. And makes me question your understanding of true salvation. Certainly a child should not take part in communion until they have some understanding of what communion means. Also I do not find the word "holy" communion in the Bible. Perhaps it is there but I have not recently seen it.
---mima on 3/8/06

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