Children at the Lord's Table [webinar]

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  • 1. Children at the Lord’s Table
  • 2. Children at the Lord’s TableGoalTo understand Synod 2010’s decision towelcome children to the Lord’s Supper andto share suggestions for introducing andimplementing this change in ourcongregations.
  • 3. Children at the Lord’s TableOutline1. Children at the Table – background comments2. Guiding principles for introducing this change3. Examples from around the CRC4. Questions and answers
  • 4. Children at the Lord’s TableSynod 1995Recommends that churches encourageyounger children to make profession offaith.
  • 5. Children at the Lord’s TableSynod 2006Agrees to the admission of all baptizedchildren on the basis of their fullmembership in the covenant community.
  • 6. Children at the Lord’s TableSynod 2007Does not adopt the change; appoints theFaith Formation Committee.
  • 7. Children at the Lord’s TableMandateTo deepen the integration of biblicalteaching; confessional norms; churchpolity; and liturgical, educational, andpastoral practices in the CRC with respectto (1) participation in the Lord’s Supper,and (2) public profession of faith.
  • 8. Children at the Lord’s TableSynod 2010All baptized members who come with age-and ability-appropriate faith in Jesus Christare welcome to the Lord’s Table and calledto obey the scriptural commands aboutparticipation. . . in an age- and ability-appropriate way, under the supervision ofthe elders.
  • 9. Children at the Lord’s TableSynod 2011Approves committee’s recommendationand the proposed church order changes.
  • 10. Children at the Lord’s TableWebsitewww.crcna.org/faithformation
  • 11. Children at the Lord’s TablePoll 1Which of these statements best describesyour congregation?
  • 12. Children at the Lord’s TableNow what?
  • 13. Children at the Lord’s TableIntroducing change: some considerations…
  • 14. Children at the Lord’s TableIntroducing Change• Put together a team to plan the process.• Resolve the issue of profession of faith.• Establish a process; designate those who are involved with each step.• Receive the approval of council.• Designate a Sunday to begin.• Prepare and educate the congregation.• Prepare and educate parents.• Prepare and educate children.• Welcome children—and celebrate their presence.
  • 15. Children at the Lord’s TableIntroducing Change• Follow up. Put plan in place for an ongoing process for inviting children to the Table.
  • 16. Children at the Lord’s TablePoll 2Which of these statements best describesyour congregation on the importance ofchildren making some statement of faithprior to participating in the sacrament?
  • 17. Children at the Lord’s Table
  • 18. Children at the Lord’s TableAround the CRC
  • 19. Children at the Lord’s TableAround the CRCWhat is the role of elders or council in yourchurchs plan for welcoming children to theTable?
  • 20. Children at the Lord’s TableAround the CRCWhat part do parents play in theirchildren’s participation in the sacrament?(Do they initiate the process or respond toan invitation from the church leaders?)
  • 21. Children at the Lord’s TableAround the CRCWhat kind (if any) of response or faithstatement do you ask of the children priorto their coming to the Table?
  • 22. Children at the Lord’s TableAround the CRCHow does the congregation acknowledge orwelcome children who come to the Tablefor the first time?
  • 23. Children at the Lord’s TableAround the CRCWhat blessings has your congregationexperienced as it has welcomed children tothe Lord’s Supper?
  • 24. Children at the Lord’s TableQ&A
  • 25. Children at the Lord’s TableLearn more: www.crcna.org/faithformationContact us: faithformation@crcna.org
  • 26. Children at the Lord’s TableThank You