Cover title: Children at the table : a collection of essays on children and the Eucharist
"Ruth A. Meyers, Editor, for the Standing Liturgical Commission".
Includes bibliographical references.
This "is a collection of essays addressing the subject of children and the eucharist. Many of the essays were originally prepared for a 1985 international Anglican consultation on children and communion. Included is the statement prepared by the consultation to member churches of the Anglican communion." -- back cover.
Contents divided into two sections: I : The Boston Consultation on Children at Communion -- II : Infant Communion in the Episcopal Church.
Contents: Introduction dated Tuesday in Holy Week, 1994 / Ruth A. Meyers -- Contributors -- The Boston Consultation : A New Introduction to the Essays / Colin Buchanan -- Children and the Eucharist in the Tradition of the Church / David R. Holeton -- Communion of All the Baptized and Anglican Tradition / David R. Holeton -- A Theological Reflection on the Experience of Inclusion/Exclusion at the Eucharist / Kenneth W. Stevenson -- American Perspectives: (i) The Place of Baptismal Anointing / Leonel L. Mitchell -- American Perspectives: (ii) Confirmation / Louis Weil -- American Perspectives: (iii) Mystagogia / Robert J. Brooks -- New Zealand Inititation Experience: (i) A Changing Initiatory Pattern / Brian Davis -- New Zealand Initiation Experience: (ii) Acceptance of Child Communion / Brian Davis and Tom Brown -- Pushing at the Door: (i) The Church of England / Donald Gray -- Pushing at the Door: (ii) The Anglican Church of Australia / Ronald L. Dowling -- Ecumenical Perspectives / Eugene L. Brand -- The Boston Statement : Children and Communion -- Participants in the Boston Consultation -- Infant Communion : Reflections on the Case from Tradition / Ruth A. Meyers -- The Communion of Infants and Little Children / Leonel L. Mitchell -- Disputed Aspects of Infant Communion / Louis Weil -- Appendix 1: Communion of the Baptized but Unconfirmed in Anglicanism -- Appendix 2: Statement of the House of Bishops of the Episcopal Church (U.S.A.).
"'Children in the Eucharist' formerly titled 'Children in the Parish Eucharist' [and published in 1987] is intended to help the Church honor, respect, and accept our children and their ministries as they, like adults, live into the Baptismal Covenant, specifically so at the altar. Children very rarely have a sense of belonging to the Christian community at worship because those who plan the Liturgy and those who furnish the liturgical space rarely think of children. The Holy Eucharist is indeed the liturgy of the baptized and 'the principal act of Christian worship on the Lord's Day and other Feasts,' and as such all baptized Christians, regardless of age, should be present and take their place as full participants at the Lord's Table. .... 'Children in the Eucharist' is for persons who honestly accept children as humans and as people of God, for those who take Christian community seriously, and for those who are struggling with the presence of children in our midst". -- Intro.
Contents divided into three main sections: Introduction dated The Episcopal Church Center, New York, New York, The Feast of the Epiphany 1990 / Howard K. Williams, Coordinator, Children's Ministries -- Section One: Reflection Papers -- Section Two: Guidelines for Including Children in the Worshipping Community -- Section Three: Aids for Further Exploration of Children and the Eucharist.
Contents of Section One: Reflection Papers: Children's Involvement in the Liturgy : History and Implications / Joseph P. Russell -- The Nature of Liturgy / Leonel L. Mitchell -- Liturgy as Language / Richard A. Bower -- The Language of Spirituality and Communication in Childhood / Toinette M. Eugene -- Discussion Starters: A Chance for Your Reaction.
Section Two: Guidelines: Preparing the Congregation for Liturgy -- Planning the Liturgy -- Creating the Worship Environment -- Children and Hymns / Elizabeth Morris Downie -- Index of Children's Hymns -- Step-by-Step Through the Eucharist, From Home to Church: The Gathering / Leonel L. Mitchell.
Contents of Section Three: Aids for Further Exploration: Children in the Eucharist: A Workshop on Issues, Implications, and Strategies for the Congregation or Diocese -- Historical Summary of Children's Place in the Eucharist: A Timeline -- The Difficulties, Dynamics, and Discoveries of Instituting Change in the Congregation's Liturgy -- Selected List of Resources.
In response to an article by Nicholas Papadopoulos in Vol. 39, No. 3 issue of "Open", Bishop William Wantland of the Episcopal Diocese of Eau Claire, writes to outline the diocesan "Policy on Infant Communion and Admission to Communion before Confirmation". Diocesan policy permits admission of children to Communion only under very specific circumstances.