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John Bressler - At what age do we start teaching our children?
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John Bressler
When I was called to the pastorate about 40 years ago — even though it seems like yesterday — Communion was not given to children who were not considered capable of "discernment" insofar as communion, The Eucharist or the Lord's Supper is concerned. Dr. Ben Lacy Rose, the wise old professor of church polity, sacramental education and administration, wrote many an article explaining the theological wisdom of those too young to understand but was always a tad fuzzy when it came to adults who may have been born with a handicap, which truly prevented them from having the capacity to figure out what all was going on during Communion. It was in the summer of 1981 — if my misty memory is correct — when the General Assembly passed and the Presbyteries approved a section in the Book of Order allowing children of baptized members to receive the Lord's Supper.
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