In Rochester diocese children can be admitted to Holy Communion when they reach an age, usually around 10, at which they understand the meaning of the Eucharist or Holy Communion (to the extent as any of us ever can understand it). When children who come regularly to church reach the age of 9-10, we are happy to take them through a short course leading to First Communion so that they can join in receiving the bread and wine at Communion. In this preparation they learn more about Jesus, his teaching, his last supper with his disciples, his death, and resurrection.
Admitting children to communion at a younger age reminds us that children are fully members of the church through baptism, and are just as capable of making a faithful and sincere response to God’s love as adults.
We have a special service to welcome them to their first Communion