Would be interested to hear perspectives on this. It's not necessarily the biggest issue in the world, but is nonetheless relevant.
I have been trying earnestly to raise my 3-year daughter in every area of the faith, including encouraging her to partake in communion, and explaining to her what it is all about.
In the church I normally take her, it is encouraged. I visited another church with her recently, and was politely told that she is too young to understand what it's all about.
I was a little bit surprised, but could understand the perspective. Now, after having read what Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 11: 27-30, I can see that we are warned not to particpate in this ceremony without having seriously thought about why we are doing it. This would appear to support what I was told at the church I visited.
Yet, any parent would well know that kids are highly perceptible and might well understand a lot of things a lot better than us adults might realize. In a nutshell, I tend to think she should wait til she's older before she does it, but I just don't know.
As a side issue, I've been pretty weak in The Lord of late, not doing anything especially bad, but letting the worries of the world dominate my thoughts and time, and setting aside very little time to read the bible, go to church or talk with Him. Does this mean I should wait until this phase is over before taking communion again?
Would it be respectful to say to God, 'Lord, I haven't been living life in a worthy enough manner lately to honour You by taking communion. I must make changes and get on the right track before I do this' (?)
In a nutshell, I don't know. I've been far too blase about it, it seems, in light of those strong verses from Corinthians that deal with this directly.
Would God take it as a mark of respect that I refrain from taking communion for a while, because I am not worthy, or not yet ready to take it in a worthy manner?
So many questions, applicable to both myself and my daughter, and how we take communion.
Any responses and insights would be appreciated. God bless.