A congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

First Communion

Christian Education

First Communion Preparation and Follow-up: The invitation is extended for children who are in 2nd grade or older to prepare to receive Communion. Children and parents attend a class to learn about the mystery and gift that is Holy Communion. Class includes making bread, learning about Passover, tasting some of the Passover meal, what happens in Holy Communion, and the general "how-to's" of receiving Communion.

On Maundy Thursday the children receive their first communion. After the first communion, the children come back together to learn how and why communion is set up like it is, to talk about what difference it makes to receive communion, and ask any questions that they might now have since receiving their first communion. In addition, the follow-up class provides training on how to be an acolyte assistant in worship. When children have finished 2nd grade, they are a part of the assistant acolyte ministry of the church on communion Sundays.

Our journey of faith occurs from the cradle to the grave. At Holy Cross we seek to honor and lift up those milestone events. Through milestone ministries we celebrate and mark the important events and times in the lives of children and youth. By doing so, we as a congregation and as families of faith live out the promises that are made when someone is baptized. Milestone ministries serve as an important way of connecting, supporting and equipping families and the congregation to pass on the faith.

Pastoral staff provides spiritual guidance for children and their families during the time of their first communion.

Up to 1 hr

As Needed


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