Is my child ready for communion?

Jan 6, 2023

Welcome to the informative page on whether your child is ready for communion, brought to you by Lima First Assembly of God. We understand that this is an important milestone in your child's spiritual journey, and we are here to provide you with valuable insights and guidance during this decision-making process.

Why is communion significant?

Communion, also known as the Lord's Supper or Eucharist, holds great importance within the Christian faith. It symbolizes the remembrance of Jesus Christ's sacrifice, His body and blood given for the redemption of humanity.

Partaking in communion is a significant step in a believer's faith journey, as it represents unity within the Church and reinforces the bond with Christ. However, determining if your child is ready for this sacrament requires careful consideration.

Understanding readiness for communion

Each child develops spiritually at their own pace, and their readiness for communion may vary. While there is no definitive age or strict guidelines, it is crucial to assess their understanding of the sacrament's significance and their personal relationship with Christ.

Here are some factors to consider when assessing your child's readiness:

  1. Understanding of salvation: Does your child have a basic understanding of the Gospel and God's redemptive plan? Do they comprehend Jesus' sacrifice and its significance for their own life?
  2. Expression of faith: Has your child expressed a personal faith in Jesus Christ and made a commitment to follow Him? Do they display a desire to grow spiritually and engage in regular prayer and Bible reading?
  3. Knowledge of communion: Has your child been taught about the meaning and purpose of communion? Do they understand the symbolism behind the bread and the cup, representing Jesus' body and blood?
  4. Church involvement: Is your child actively involved in age-appropriate Christian education and discipleship programs? Do they participate in worship services, where they witness the communion sacrament regularly?

It's essential to engage in open and sincere conversations with your child, their Sunday school teachers, and other trusted spiritual mentors within your community to assess their overall readiness.

Preparing for the sacrament

If you believe your child is ready for communion, it's crucial to support their spiritual journey and provide guidance during the pre-communion preparation process. This involves:

  • Educational resources: Explore age-appropriate resources that explain the significance of communion, such as books, videos, or online articles. Encourage discussion and answer any questions your child may have.
  • Attending communion services: Prioritize attending worship services where communion is celebrated. This allows your child to observe and understand the sacrament's practice within the congregation.
  • Discipleship support: Engage with your child's Sunday school teacher or youth group leader to ensure they receive proper discipleship and mentoring. This support system plays a vital role in their spiritual growth.
  • Personal reflection: Encourage your child to reflect on their own faith journey and guide them in introspection before taking part in communion. Help them understand the significance of self-examination and repentance as part of the sacrament.

Consulting with church leadership

While you play an essential role in assessing your child's readiness for communion, it is also valuable to seek guidance from the pastoral team and church leadership. They have experience and insight into this important decision and can help you navigate this journey.

At Northwest Bible Church, we prioritize providing comprehensive support and resources to families navigating the sacraments. Our dedicated pastoral team is available to assist you every step of the way.


Deciding if your child is ready for communion is a personal and thoughtful process. It involves evaluating their understanding, faith expression, and involvement within the Church. By engaging in open discussions, utilizing educational resources, and seeking guidance from experienced spiritual leaders, you can make an informed decision that aligns with your child's spiritual journey.

Remember, there is no rush or strict timeline for communion readiness. It is a decision that should be made when both you and your child feel confident in their understanding and commitment to Christ.

Thank you for visiting Lima First Assembly of God, your trusted source of information and guidance on matters of faith and belief within the community.

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