First Communions and Confirmations

We are putting groups together for children who want explore First Communion and/or Confirmation this Autumn. 

As you'd expect, the groups we will be running will be relaxed, informal and fun. We intend to run them on a Sunday afternoon over the next few weeks at Holy Trinity.

Bishop Alan is coming to Holy Trinity, Prestwood on the morning of November 5th, and that's when we will have the confirmations and admit children to Holy Communion.

What's the difference between First Communion and Confirmation?

Well, essentially, we think that from the age of about eight, most children are able to grasp what is going on in a communion service and take part in it—at least as well as any of us do. It's a great age for being inquisitive, for thinking about why Jesus is special and why we should do the things he asks us to do. Things such as love your neighbour, do to others as you would have them do to you, and remember Jesus when we share bread and wine in this special way. The questions they come up with at this age are really valuable, as they start to make connections between love and sacrifice, and begin to make moral judgments. And for many children this gives them a way in to thinking about good and evil, life and death, and other big questions that are beginning to impinge on their consciousness.

For some families, confirmation has traditionally been the gateway to taking communion. It can be, but it need not be so. Confirmation is about taking responsibility for your own spiritual and moral life. It's about becoming a member of the Church of England, and sharing in the life of our church. It's usually undertaken by children approaching their teenage years, and the hope is that it gives them a reference point and a guide by which they can test their responses to the increasing range of choices being presented to them—some of which can seem very attractive, but can conceal dangers. In a world increasingly dominated by the pressures of social media, the pressure to excel, and the need to separate your private feelings from your public face we hope to give our young people a sense of integrity, an ability to make good decisions about themselves and to follow Jesus by having the courage to ask the right questions in the face of the pressure to conform. It's not about teaching a prescriptive or abstemious morality, but about equipping our young people with the good news of the gospel so they can make their own decisions.

The dates we are looking at for the preparation groups are

First Communion Groups: Sept 24, Oct 8, Oct 15, and one other session after November 5.

Confirmation Groups for young people: Sunday 17 Sept 3.30-4.30pm, Sunday 8 Oct 3.30-4.30pm, Saturday 14 Oct 3-4pm.

Confirmation Groups for adults: Please contact the Rector.

Each session will last an hour in total.

The Confirmation and Admission to First Communion service will be on Sunday, November 5th at 9.30 am.

There's no compunction to go through with it(!)—it's a chance to think. We realise not everyone will be able to make every session, and we'll provide resources for you as well.

If you want to sign up, are interested in finding out more, or have any questions please contact the Rector.

Holy Trinity, Prestwood is an Inclusive Church. We are part of the Church of England.
We are in the Oxford diocese and the Wendover Deanery.

The Parochial Church Council of the Ecclesiastical Parish of Holy Trinity, Prestwood is a registered charity, no. 1129233.

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