Communion for Children
Baptized children are encouraged to receive communion at any age at the discretion of their parents. At Good Shepherd, many infants and young children receive the bread even though they don't have a cognitive understanding of the meaning of the sacrament. We support this practice since it is part of our teaching in the Episcopal Church that children associate receiving communion with being full baptized members of the Church. We also support parents' decision to delay the reception of communion until their children are older.
We offer a communion instruction class every other year as part of our Sunday School curriculum in the spring, both for children who have been in the habit of receiving communion from an early age, and for those who have not. If you would like your child to participate, please contact Sue LeFant, our Children's Ministry Director.