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The Water and The Wine

The Water and the WineThe Water and The Wine: A Contribution to the Debate on Children and Holy Communion by Roger Beckwith and Andrew Daunton-Fear.

What age should children or young people be when they are first able to take communion? This question has been 'settled' in different ways at different times in the history of the church, and yet today in the Church of England it is as contentious an issue as ever.

The historic Anglican pattern was established at the Reformation. The infants of professing Christian parents were baptised, and they were confirmed by the bishop at the 'age of discretion' (about 12 to 15 years), after a course of instruction on the lines of the Prayer Book Catechism.

Over the past half-century, this pattern has been increasingly questioned. A House of Bishops report in 1996 set guidelines for the admission of baptised children to communion before confirmation, and an estimated 9 per cent of UK Anglican churches now permit this new practice.

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This booklet makes a substantial case, both theological and practical, for the traditional pattern. It explores the Jewish, New Testament, Early Church and Reformation background, and considers related pastoral issues.

Published 2005: 84 pages

ISBN: 978 0 946307 54 8

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Fresh Expressions and the Eucharist by Nigel Scotland.


As Fresh Expressions re-imagine the way we do church, Nigel Scotland asks, is it time to return Holy Communion to something simpler, and more reflective of New Testament practice?

Date 2013-03-13 Filesize 36.91 KB Download 5911

A review of LS61 "The Water and the Wine" in Scottish Bulletin of Evangelical Theology

Date 2013-03-13 Filesize 12.69 KB Download 1614

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