Holy Communion, one of two sacraments offered in the Lutheran Church, brings the fellowship of believers to the Lord’s Table. St. Andrew’s practices open communion, believing that all are welcome to receive the gift of God’s grace, regardless of age, background, or circumstance. All are welcome! First Communion instruction is provided as an opportunity for children to learn more about this special practice and prepare them to receive it.
The First Communion Skipping Stone involves participating in a workshop and a celebration and blessing of children during worship. Two opportunities are provided each year, once in the fall and once in the spring during Holy Week.
The workshop is designed for children in grades 1-5, with parents choosing when they would like their child(ren) to participate based on interest and readiness. At least one parent/guardian attends with their child. Other family members and baptismal sponsors (godparents) are also welcomed to join. At the workshop children receive an engraved skipping stone that reads, “Do This in Remembrance of Me” – a reminder of the holy meal instituted by Jesus himself.
The celebration and blessing of children occurs during a worship service, where they will receive their first Holy Communion. As children share bread and wine in the Lord’s Supper, they receive the promise of God’s redeeming love in Jesus Christ in the context of a gathered Christian faith community. Families are invited to commune together with the child, including parents, siblings, grandparents, godparents, and extended families. Children are gifted with a ceramic chalice, each uniquely crafted by a local potter, as an additional token to remember the special day.
Children who participate in First Communion are then welcomed to join in Holy Communion at worship whenever they are able, including the first weekend of the month when all children attend the entire worship service with their families.