Welcoming Children to the table
One of the most meaningful parts of worship for many people is taking communion. Being able to literally 'taste and see' that God is good, that our sins are forgiven, and that we are part of God's family is incredibly powerful.
Fifth grade has traditionally been the time when students have learned about the meaning and history of the sacrament, and started taking communion. However, as more churches have started communing younger children -- and, in particular, as more families have come to Zumbro who have already begun this practice -- the question has been raised: can we create a place for all to belong at the table here?
In 2012, the Church Council and Youth Education Team spent time discussing the possibility of opening the communion table to children younger than 5th grade. They made the decision to allow parents to decide if their child is ready. As part of the process of educating the congregation we had an adult forum on communion practices in January and held listening posts in April.
The next step is to educate parents and children who want to come to the table. If your children have shown signs of being ready to take communion, you are invited to come to class with Pastor Shelley. We'll talk about what communion means and how it strengthens our faith. After taking the class, you can decide as a family if the time is right for your children. To find out more, email Pastor Shelley or call the church office.