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I was in an evangelical setting with some young kids and one of the helpers/ leaders basically did a sort of altar call with the kids. It actually surprised the other helpers/ leaders.

What is the appropriate age for such an event / rite? If that is too much of a Truth question, then what specific advice or training has been given on the age appropriateness of "altar calls" among denominations or groups that practice them?

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There is no age restriction. All are welcomed.

The Catholic church never restrict salvation and baptism to adults alone. The Catholic church believes in Infant Baptism, this site explains it. A passage from the site -

More detail is given in Luke’s account of this event, which reads: "Now they were bringing even infants to him that he might touch them; and when the disciples saw it, they rebuked them. But Jesus called them to him, saying, ‘Let the children come to me, and do not hinder them; for to such belongs the kingdom of God’" (Luke 18:15–16).

Altar Call is practiced by many churches, especially in Evangelical churches. Christianity in general welcomes every one to Christ, young or old, rich or poor, black or white. During the Altar Call, the preacher would invite the audience to repent and give their life to Jesus and proclaim publicly by coming forward. Many times, there are situations where children would come forward with sincere heart and with tears. The people usually responded to this by giving thanks to God.

As an example, I have seen children below 10 years who received Jesus Christ during the Altar Call in Assemblies of God Church.

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Good factual answer. I guess I'd be happy in a situation where a 6yo, after seeing adults, week-in, week-out, come forward, be inspired to come forward. It could however seem manipulative if a leader implies good kids should stand over by him at a new event. – pterandon Jul 15 '13 at 10:58

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