Preparing for Communion

Preparing children for Communion 

For generations it was possible for children to receive communion only when they had been confirmed. But this meant that they were required to make a lifelong commitment of faith when they were really too young to understand fully. Furthermore, with Holy Communion now established as a regular service on Sunday mornings, children were excluded from sharing in the church 'family meal' with their parents. So, in common with many other branches of the Anglican communion, the Church of England, through its bishops, now permits children to receive communion prior to confirmation, subject to certain conditions. 

At All Hallows, this accords well with our emphasis on Christian life as a kind of journey from baptism to the end of our days on earth. Admission to Communion represents another stage on that journey of understanding and sharing in the life of Christ. There is no regular timetable for this: we wait until there is a small group of children who have expressed a desire to be admitted to communion, and then (provided the child is 7+, there is parental consent and evidence of regular church attendance), a time of preparation begins. 

If you wish to know more or, indeed, express a desire on behalf of your child, please speak to a member of the clergy. You can contact them using the links on the right-hand side of this page.

Preparing for Confirmation 

‘Confirmation’ marks another stage in the journey of Christian faith – like baptism and (for children) admission to Holy Communion. It is the time when a person ‘confirms’ the promises made at their baptism, which has taken place when they were small and too young to make any commitment themselves. These are the promises made at baptism and confirmation:

Do you reject the devil and all rebellion against God?

I reject them.

Do you renounce the deceit and corruption of evil?

I renounce them.

Do you repent of the sins that separate us from God and neighbour?

I repent of them.

Do you turn to Christ as Saviour?

I turn to Christ.

Do you submit to Christ as Lord?

I submit to Christ.

Do you come to Christ, the way, the truth and the life?

I come to Christ.

It can be seen that this is a clear commitment to follow the Way of Christ, and so a person would normally be part of a small group preparing for the occasion in order to understand as fully as possible what they are doing, and to grow in their relationship with the living Lord Jesus.

In response to these promises, at the confirmation service the bishop lays his hands on the head of each candidate and prays for them, that they might receive the Holy Spirit – God’s power and guide for living the Christian life. When all have been confirmed, this prayer is said:

Defend, O Lord, these your servants with your heavenly grace,

that they may continue yours for ever,

and daily increase in your Holy Spirit more and more

until they come to your everlasting kingdom. Amen.

Our confirmation services are held in one of the 3 Mossley Hill Ministry churches each year. Simply contact a member of the Team clergy to find out when and where the next Confirmations are likely to be held.

 

Preparing our youth for Confirmation.

Because we now admit children to Communion from the age of 7, we don’t prepare young people for confirmation until they have reached Year 10. The reason for this is that confirmation, as explained above, is about a mature commitment to and understanding of the Way of Christ.

A course is run each year for those wishing to take part in communion before confirmation. For more guidance and information please contact Rich, our Youth Minister. You can contact Rich by clicking on the link at the right-hand side of this page. 

 

Preparing for Confirmation for our Adults

In 2012, the Emmaus course began on 29 February 29. This 5-session course covers the basics of what it means to be a Christian. Some are doing the course as a ‘refresher’, if they have been a practising Christian for a while; for those who wish to be confirmed, this is very good preparation

For more information, contact our Rector, Godfrey, using the link at the right-hand side of this page.