Holy Communion is a valued sacrament in the Lutheran church, and a child’s First Communion is an important occasion.
At St. Philip’s, all baptized Christians are welcome to receive Holy Communion. There is no set age for a child to receive First Communion, though most children are ready around grade 5. We understand that children vary in their readiness for communion. Parents are encouraged to consider the following about their child’s readiness:
- Is the child asking questions about Holy Communion?
- Is there a verbal desire being expressed to receive communion?
- Does the child participate in the worship service? (sings along in worship, says the Lord’s prayer, and Apostles Creed…)
- Does the child talk about feeling left out when other family members commune?
- Does the child understand being wrong and being forgiven?
The most important part of receiving the sacrament is the belief and understanding of words such as “given for you” and “shed for you for the forgiveness of sins.” A continuing conversation between pastor, child, parents and Director of Children, Youth & Family Ministries should be the basis for setting the age for First Communion.
First Communion classes are held in the spring, during Lent. Children will receive their First Communion on the Maundy Thursday, during the 7:00 p.m. worship service.