Children's Communion Class
Families in the Episcopal Church follow a variety of traditions in regard to children receiving Communion. Many of us did not receive until after Confirmation as teenagers. Some are guided by the Roman Catholic practice of taking First Communion early in elementary school. Still others follow the ancient Christian understanding (affirmed by our Prayer Book) that every baptized member, whatever their age, is welcome to receive Communion.
At St. Timothy's we regard this decision as a responsibility of the parents, and Rev. Michael informs them about these traditions and supports them whatever they decide. But whatever that choice may be, it's important for our children to develop a relationship with this sacrament, which is at the heart of our common life.
To help with this, Rev. Michael offers a Communion Class for children and their parents every year on Sunday mornings during Lent. The class is aimed at the kids (ages 4-12) but is also informative for the adults, focusing on the Gospel stories with a discussion of how we enact them today. In the last session the group goes up to the altar before the service to gain familiarity, and all the children (whether they've received before or not) are invited to lead the congregation in receiving communion on Palm Sunday.
Rev. Michael 303-794-1565