First Communion

First Communion

First Communion Class

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Our First Communion Class at Faith is designed to prepare our children (who have completed the fourth grade) to receive the LORD’s Supper for the first time.   Our First Communion Class will teach everything needed to know about Holy Communion in order for to begin receiving the blessings and gifts of our Lord Jesus Christ in the Sacrament of the Altar.

Preparing our children to receive the LORD’s Supper for the first time remains one of the greatest joys of ministry for me.  It is truly a blessing to prepare our children to receive Christ’s Body and Blood for a lifetime of grace and joy. 

This year’s First Communion Class is a 5-hour event on Saturday (date to be decided) from 10 am – 3 pm.   The Lord’s Supper, Holy Communion, The Sacrament of the Altar, The Eucharist, The Table of the Lord, The Bread and the Wine is called by many names, but in the final analysis, it IS the True Body and the True Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ, under the bread and wine, instituted by Christ Himself for us Christians to eat and to drink. 

Lord Jesus, we thank you that You offered Your life on the cross for us. Thank you for coming to us in the Sacrament of the Altar giving us Your True Body and True Blood. Holy Spirit, prepare our hearts to receive Our Savior’s Body and Blood for the forgiveness of our sins, and the strengthening of our faith, unto everlasting life. In Jesus. Amen. 

Pastor Carl

Bring to the Event:

A bible (ESV or NIV) if you don’t one, we have extras
A pen or pencil
A great attitude to learn
Money for lunch across the street at Zaxby’s
Your memory work done before you arrive (if possible, see below).
 

When can you begin taking Holy Communion?

We have three requirements for our children to complete before they begin celebrating the Lord’s Supper at Faith:

  1. They have been baptized. 
  2. They have learned the memory.  (below)
  3. They have attended the First Communion Retreat, they believe in, and desire to receive Christ’s body and blood.

On the Sunday following our class, we will invite them to come forward to the altar (just prior to the Lord’s Supper, at the service they attend) to receive a certificate of completion, and a prayer blessing before they partake of their first communion. 

First Communion Memory Work

What is the Sacrament of the Altar? (memory part 1)

It is the true body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ under the bread and wine, instituted by Christ Himself for us Christians to eat and to drink.

Where is this written? (memory part 2)

The holy Evangelists Matthew, Mark, Luke, and St. Paul write: Our Lord Jesus Christ, on the night when He was betrayed, took bread, and when He had given thanks, He broke it and gave it to the disciples and said: “Take, eat; this is My body, which is given for you. This do in remembrance of Me.”

In the same way also He took the cup after supper, and when He had given thanks, He gave it to them, saying, “Drink of it, all of you; this cup is the new tes­tament in My blood, which is shed for you  for the for­giveness of sins. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.”