Frequently Asked Questions
What happens at Discover Communion?
What is Communion?
‘Communion’ is the bread and wine that we receive during a Mass or Eucharist. When Christians receive the bread and wine, they feel spiritually fed and they also share in becoming part of the ‘Body of Christ’ along with the whole church family. ‘Discovering Communion’ means discovering what it means to take the bread and the wine and what it means to be part of a church family or community!
My child hasn’t been baptised or christened. Can they join the sessions?
Yes! We want every child who wants to learn more about Communion or the Christian faith to join the sessions. In our tradition, we only prepare children or adults who have been baptised for Communion, so if your child wasn’t Christened as an infant, we’ll need to baptise them before they take their First Communion. Please do speak to Mthr Rachael or Fr John if you’d like to know more about that: [email protected]
Is First Communion and Confirmation the same thing?
No, in our tradition, we believe that children can be prepared for First Communion before Confirmation. That means they can be a full part of the Body of Christ, before confirming their faith for themselves as an adult or teenager. We believe that God calls children to be lights of faith in the world, just as much as grown-ups!
‘My child is younger than 7 or older than 11. Can they join the sessions?’
Discover Communion! is for children aged 7 – 11 or those in school years 2 – 6. If you have a child younger or older than that, please do be in touch so we can work out how we can best support them in their journey of faith.
‘My child isn’t sure whether or not they would like to take their First Holy Communion.’ What should they do?
We would encourage your child to come along to the sessions and to make their mind up along the way! If they don’t feel ready, they can always choose to wait or join the sessions again next year 🙂
How much does Discover Communion cost?
Discover Communion is completely free, including the day trip to Go Ape, although if you’d like to make a donation, you’d be very welcome!
‘My child wants to join Discover Communion, but we aren’t here on Easter Sunday. What should we do?’
Be in touch with Mthr Rachael or Fr John: [email protected] It’s nice for the children to take their First Communion all together, but if they can’t make it we can find a new time 🙂
My child has additional needs or has recently settled in an adoptive or foster home. Are they welcome at Discover Communion?
Definitely! At St John’s, all children are welcome and families of all shapes and sizes have a place in our community. Please do feel free to be in touch with Fr John or Mthr Rachael about how we might help your child feel safe and welcome at Discover Communion! 🙂