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Talking With Children About Communion

In preparation for our family Sunday (October 30, 2022), we’ve made this explainer for you:

When a local church participates in communion it is commemorating the once-for-all death of Christ for our sins. Thus, participation should be taken seriously (and joyfully), with a sober consideration of one’s heart. Paul warns the Corinthians against taking communion in an “unworthy manner” (1 Cor 11:27).

Parents are the authority in the home, and it is important for parents—especially believing fathers—to lead their family in how communion should be considered. This conversation can seem daunting, but there are a couple of items to consider.

  • Communion is for the believer: At Genesis we believe that only those who have placed faith in Christ should participate in communion. We communicate this belief each Sunday we practice. As parents, you need to emphasize this to your children who might feel as if they are “missing out” on something. Keep the boundary here. Willfully allowing unbelieving children to participate in communion should not be practiced.
  • What about only baptized believers: Genesis does not require, as seen in some traditions, that only baptized believers participate in communion. The conviction that communion should be limited to those baptized comes from the idea that baptism is the communal identifier of one’s faith in Christ—not taking communion. From that identification through baptism comes the regular practice of taking communion. We have some in membership who hold this conviction and some who do not. We have not put a line here but are happy to talk with you about it. (Reach out to one of the elders if you have questions).
  • Conversations before the service are beneficial: If your children will be in the service and seeing communion for perhaps the first time, we would encourage you to have a conversation with them before Sunday about what it is, what Jesus has done for us, and how they can place their faith I him. This helps set good expectations for the Sunday.

When you are with your family this week, here are some good questions to ask in preparation for Sunday:

  • What is communion?
  • Who participates in communion?
  • What has Jesus accomplished for those who believe in him?

You will also have an opportunity this Sunday to pray with your family together before we take the elements together. We’d encourage you to take this time to talk to your family about Jesus.

You can reach out to our kids ministry team with any questions about how to talk to your children: [email protected]

Discipleship Pathway

  • Worship: All of life is worship (Rom 12:1-2). Disciples are worshippers and gather together to worship and remember the Lord. At Genesis, our primary structure for fostering worship is our weekly worship service (which is a celebration of our lives together with Christ).
  • Connect: God has given us one another for caring, the bearing of burdens, fellowship, and living out our life (Acts 2:427-47). Community groups provide regular times to gather with a smaller groups of people from throughout the area for this connection.
  • Grow: God has given us every blessing in Christ (Eph 1:3) and, at the same time, we are exhorted to pursue and grow in our God-given and God-sustained faith (2 Pet 1:3-11). Discipleship groups (D-groups) are made up of 3-5 men or women who meet for a year to pursue the Lord, live accountably, and pray others come to know him.
  • Serve: Disciples are to reflect their Lord’s heart for service. Service teams are a mechanisms for us to use our gifts and serve others. Service teams are not the only way to serve, but do provide opportunities for us to regularly engage in service.
  • Go: Jesus commands his disciples to go and make disciples of all nations (Matt 28:18-20). At Genesis, we encourage regular local evangelism and as well as ways to pray and contribute to global missions and gospel advancement.

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