Q: My 8 year old son is not baptized, yet is always excited at communion.
I'm not a member, but I too have “joined the crowd” going forward because my heart leads me to the mystery that is happening there. Is this wrong?
A: Holy Communion (Eucharist, Lord’s Supper, etc.) has been a place of much disagreement. (Please speak to your own clergyperson on this.) In the UM Church, we offer what we call: “Open Table” Communion.
This means that we try to make it clear to any and all who want to be closer to God that through Christ, they are welcome to share in the mystery of the bread and cup.
And as a result of this encounter, they are changed and transformed in unexpected and powerful ways.
You don’t need to be a member of our local church or even of another United Methodist church. If you are a faithful Christian of any Church you are welcome.
And even if you are not a member of a church, or not even baptized, all that’s required is a willingness to give your life to Christ at the time that the moment of Communion is offered.
By the way, we strongly encourage that if this happens that you speak of what’s going on in your heart to the Pastor as soon as possible. We’d like to help you begin anew as a faithful and loving disciple of Christ.
All it takes is a heart open to Christ, a willingness to say: “I’m sorry, Lord, for what I’ve done in my life” and a thankfulness of God’s love.
And as for your son, his interest in Communion is an opportunity to talk to him about what it means to be a Christian, to be baptized. (Pastor’s are always glad to help with that!)
His heart is already showing you the joy of “Communion” with God. Let it lead you all closer to Christ.