Thank you for the wonderful work that the Faith Formation Committee has done. It has been a good learning experience to explore your website and resources, and I have found it quite helpful as we are introducing children to the Lord's Table in our church. I do have one question, though. How can we include older children, teens, young adults, and even older adults at the Lord's Table? There has been much discussion re. what age to begin this process (grade 3) and the resources that should be offered to children and parents as preparation, but what about the older baptized member? My fear is that for those whom this option was not offered when they were young (ie. young and older adults), they see this process as excluding them - not by intention, but by the fact the the discussion has centred around young children. This is an important development in faith formation for all baptized members of the church. If someone is not quite ready to publicly profess their faith but what to participate in LS, how do we bring them in? How do we handle this retroactively? Do we ask them to go to a class also? Can this be a discussion between the individual (because they are older) and their elder(s)? My hope is that this can be a much simpler and faster process for teens and adults who have a good understanding of LS already. They have already had a lifetime of listening and observing. How are other churches handling this?
How Should Older Baptized Members Come to the Lord's Table?