Children and Communion
All baptized persons of any age are welcome to the Lord’s Table, and young children are encouraged to come forward with their parents when Communion is distributed. Parents are encouraged to prayerfully discern when their child is ready to receive the sacrament, and our priests are available to answer any questions that parents may have concerning Communion. Some parents lead their children to receive the Eucharist soon after the infant’s baptism. Other parents prefer that their child receive the bread only in preschool years, allowing them to dip the bread in the chalice when they are older. Some parents prefer that their children refrain from receiving Communion for some time, requesting a priestly blessing instead. Each of these decisions are honorable choices by parents and the Apostles clergy desires to assist parents in this prayerful decision.
Throughout the year the Apostles clergy and ministry staff will teach the children about the gift of sacraments. For those families that desire a traditional First Communion experience, we will prepare children with sacramental teaching so that they may receive their first communion on Pentecost.