First Communion

“This is my body that is for you.  Do this in remembrance of me.”  I Corinthians 11: 24

Baptized children begin to commune at a time determined through mutual conversation that includes the pastor, the child, and the parents or sponsors involved.  At St. Paul, this tends to happen anytime from kindergarten to 4th grade.

The First Communion Faith Stepping Stone gathers parents and children for three weeks of instruction to prepare each child to understand and appreciate this precious gift of Holy Communion, as well as to continue equipping parents to be the spiritual leaders of their children, modeling and forming faith in Christ.

Instruction often happens in the season of Lent (the period between Ash Wednesday and Easter, a traditional time for instruction and preparation in the church) and if needed, in the fall.

  • The first session is an interactive look at how the Holy Communion meal has connections to the Passover meal, and how through the generations God saves his people from sin, death, and the power of evil.
  • The second session uses a workbook for parents and children to read together to learn more about Jesus and the significance of Holy Communion for us.
  • The third session involves taking the children to the sanctuary to teach them more about Communion and how to receive it, including leading the adults in discussion.

Please contact Pastor Tom if you feel your child is ready to receive the sacrament of Holy Communion.

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