First Communion

First Communion is a special time!

We look forward to welcoming children (who are ready) to come to the Lord's Table for the first time!  

How do you know if your child is ready to commune?  Talk to a Pastor about it.

Take a look at the 2015 schedule below - we'll meet 3 times in January and February, and classes will take place after the 11:00am worship service.

Let the church know if your child plans to participate so the correct number of materials can be ordered.  Click here to email Aaron Shoppa to confirm your intent to participate.

2015 First Communion Schedule

Session 1 - January 11   12:15-1:30 - PARENTS SHOULD ATTEND THIS SESSION

Session 2 - January 18 - 12:15-1:30 - Note: we will not meet on January 25 due to the congregation's annual meeting)

Session 3  - February 1 - 12:15-1:30

Special Worship Service - Saturday, February 7, 3:00 PM


How do I know my child is ready to attend First Communion Class?

He/She may. . .

  • have expressed interest in participating during worship, perhaps copying your movements at the altar rail
  • have begun to ask questions about why we take Holy Communion
  • have a foundation in Christ through attendance in Christian education or worship, or through family conversations, devotions or paryaer
  • be able to speak about God (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) as loving and trustworthy
  • pray the Lord's Prayer and be able to say other simple prayers (such as at bedtime and meals)

The following questions can help you determine the rediness of your child to recieve her or his first Holy Communion.

  • Has your child been baptized? (Only the baptized commune.  If your child is not yet baptized, please speak with a pastor)
  • Is yur child comfortable in various locations around the church, like the altar?
  • Does your child have a basic, age-appropriate awareness that God loves them?
  • Does your child understand the idea of "right" and "wrong", and can grasp the notion of "forgiveness"?
  • Will your child be able to understand the basic concept that Holy Communion is a gift from God to each person?
  • Does your child seem to have a basic trust that they are a child of God?
  • Does your child seem interested in what goes on in church during Communion?
  • Does your child interact enough with others to receive the bread and wine?
  • Is your child aware enough of others in the congregation and their needs to show respect for the communion experience?
  • Are you prepared to help make the process positive?
  • Are you prepared to continue to fulfill the promises you made at your child's baptism to bring him or her regularly to the Lord's Table?

Contact us if you have any questions about Holy Communion, we'd be happy to help answer your questions.

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