Among Protestants worldwide the issue of children at the Lord’s Supper, paedocommunion in short, has been debated since World War II. The pioneers of the fifties and sixties mark the beginning of a growing movement of Protestants who embrace and practice paedocommmunion. With a focus on the Dutch Reformed tradition, this study carefully explores the full theological breadth of the issue by providing a comprehensive overview and in depth analysis of the discussion on the introduction of paedocommunion. The recent debate and changes in practice are placed in the context of the history of peadocommunion and that of children and childhood in society and church. Case studies of the introduction of peadocommunion in three local churches in the Netherlands, the United States and Canada are included. This comprehensive study provides an easy to navigate goldmine of information for anyone interested in paedocommunion.
Peter G. Sinia has served churches in the Netherlands and Canada and is currently pastor of the Dutch Reformed Church of Ede in the Netherlands.