Youth and Family
(Christian Education Supervisor)
Youth and Family Board
First Communion Letter
February 23, 2021
Dear 5th and 6th grade Families,
It is with heartfelt excitement that I am able to invite you to your Holy Communion preparation and celebration!
Holy Communion is a gift from God! As with any gift that God bestows, it is given with no strings attached – there is nothing we can do that makes us more or less worthy to receive the gift. When you or your child receives a gift, it is natural to want to know all about what it is, how it works, and what to do with it. That is what the First Communion Preparation class are designed to teach your child.
The 5th and 6th grade students or others with consultation of Pastor Linda may begin their preparation for first communion in class on Sunday, March 7th or March 14th from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm in the fellowship hall. All students and parents (or other caring adult) should be in attendance on this instruction day. Please choose the date that is most convenient for your family. Before attending all in-person church activities, please self-screen for Covid19 symptoms, wear a face mask, hand sanitize, and social distance.
At this learning event you and your student will be learning about the sacrament of Holy Communion. Even if you are already receiving Holy Communion, you will not want to miss this inter-generational event.
Cross of Christ’s tradition is for those celebrating their Holy Communion stepping stone on Maundy Thursday, April 1st, at 7:00 pm. On Maundy Thursday, we would like all Holy Communion students to arrive at 6:15 pm that evening so that we can practice your first communion and prepare for your role in stripping the altar at the conclusion of the Maundy Thursday worship service. Please plan to attend the Maundy Thursday worship service and invite grandparents, sponsors, friends and family to join us for this joyful worship service as well.
If you have friends in at least the fifth grade who would like to join this class and receive their first communion at Cross of Christ, please feel free to invite them and their parents as well. The preparation for and receiving first communion is a special milestone in your child’s faith journey. It is also a chance for you as parents to come together with your child in a way that we don’t do often enough – to grow together in faith. Please contact Pastor Linda or the church office by Thursday, March 4th to register and don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions.
Yours in Christ,
Pastor Linda McPeak