At-home lecture videos and worksheets

At Shepherd, we offer First Communion instruction to students in 6th grade and older. Classes are held each year during Lent with First Communion celebrated on Maundy Thursday.

You may register your child for First Communion 2017 classes at the bottom of this page. (If you missed our orientation on February 26, please email Pastor Aaron to make arrangements for late registration.)

This class is separate from Confirmation and does not require the completion of nor enrollment in Confirmation to participate. Students enrolled in Confirmation will need to sign-up for this class as well. We hope that both First Communion and Confirmation will be equally meaningful milestones in the spiritual journeys of our children and teenagers.

First Communion Class Schedule

Class is held on Sundays during the season of Lent in the School Library. Classes run after the conclusion of the 10:45 service for one hour. Attendance at all classes is required!

  • Session 1 – February 26 (Orientation)
  • Session 2 – March 12 OR 19 (pick one date) (Questions and Discussion)
  • Session 3 – April 9 (Discussion and Interviews)
  • First Communion – During Maundy Thursday Service on April 13, 2017 at 7:00 PM

In between classes, students and parents will work together to watch short video lectures and complete worksheets ahead of the two discussion sessions.

At-home lecture videos and worksheets

About Communing Young People

As Lutherans, we believe that Jesus is present in, with, and under the bread and the wine, and that through participating in the Lord’s Supper, our faith is strengthened. Jesus says, “this is my body, which is given for you” (Luke 22:19) and “this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins” (Matthew 26:28).

Martin Luther explains that when we have faith in Jesus’ words “for you… for the forgiveness of sins,” we are strengthened in our faith. “For where there is forgiveness of sins, there is also life and salvation” (SC VI 3).

Middle School can be a trying time for young people and we want our young brothers and sisters in Christ to benefit from Holy Communion, too. Luther writes in the Large Catechism, “Since the children are baptized and received into the Christian Church, they should also enjoy this communion of the Sacrament” (LC V 87).


We celebrate First Communion every Maundy Thursday, the night we recognize Jesus instituting the Lord’s Supper.

For more information regarding First Communion, please contact Pastor Aaron or Nick Arnold by email or by calling the Church Office, 210-614-3742.

First Communion Registration 2017

Register your child for the 2017 First Communion Class!
  • Parent Information

  • Please make sure this is an email you check on a regular basis as we will send out updates and announcements regarding this class to this address.
  • Child Information

    Children in grades 6 or older are eligible to register for First Communion Class.
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    Please enter the full name of the child(ren) you are enrolling in First Communion. Click on the (+) button to the right of the entry field to add additional children. The full name should be first, middle, and last name, as you would like it to appear on any certificates and in the bulletin.
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