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.
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 a couple Sundays during the season of Lent from 5:00-7:00 PM. Each class involves interactive elements that tie in the content to meaningful experiences. Attendance at all classes is required!
March 4, 5:00-7:00 PM – Orientation, Lesson #1: Real Presence, Experience: Seder Meal (Worship Center Lobby)
March 25, 5:00-7:00 PM – Lesson #2: Personal Examination, Experience: “Foretaste of the Feast to Come” (Worship Center Lobby)
March 29, 7:00 PM – First Communion at Maundy Thursday Service (Worship Center)
In between classes, students and parents will work together to complete homework ahead of the second lesson.
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.