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.
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.