Children & Communion
Regulations, forms, certificates and resources for admitting children to communion before confirmation.
The admittance of children to communion is now a well established practice within the Church of England. Baptized children who have not yet been confirmed, and who are not yet ready and desirous to be confirmed, may be admitted to Holy Communion provided that the conditions set out in the Regulations are satisfied.
Forms & Certificates
Those with parental responsibility must be content that a child be admitted to communion before confirmation.
Permission from the Diocesan Bishop must be obtained before a parish can admit any child to Holy Communion before confirmation. Parishes who received permission before the Regulations were issued in 2007, must re-apply.
Certificates must be given:
Anyone who has been baptised, and is old enough to answer responsibly for themselves, may be confirmed. Although there is no set age for people to be confirmed in the Anglican church, traditionally this has been from their early teens.
Confirmation marks the point in a person’s Christian journey at which they affirm their baptismal faith and commit to a life of discipleship. The confirming Bishop, through prayer and the laying on of hands, asks God to empower them to live in His way.
Each child formally admitted to Holy Communion must have their name and date of first admission entered in the bright green parish register (pub Canterbury Press) designed for that purpose.
There are a range of resources for churches and parents to use in relation to confirmation and communion:
- The Diocesan resource centres hold a range of books which can be borrowed – see here
- There are a range of online resources available via the Church of England Going4Growth website – see here
- The regulations as well as a comprehensive background to the issues for parishes wishing to consider admitting children to Communion are available on the Church of England website – see here