Update – March 26
This class has been postponed until a new date can be determined. This is due to the suspension of activities due to the COVID19 pandemic situation. Contact the church office or see this page for future updates.
First Holy Communion Class begins this month
By Pastor David Tinker
The First Holy Communion class will be offered March 22 and 29, and April 5on Sunday mornings, starting at about 11:15 a.m. in the Mission & Ministry Building.
First Holy Communion at MLLC is most often offered to elementary age students, in 5th grade and younger. Our goal is to make sure youth who are part of MLLC have begun communing by the end of 5th grade. The 5th grade tradition does not prevent younger students from attending the class and receiving Holy Communion. Each year for the past several years we have had youth in younger grades participating in the class. It is likely that most of the youth participating in the class will be younger.
Students are encouraged to bring a Bible for use in class, as well as paper/pen for any notes they might want to write. If students don’t have access to a Bible we have one for their use. Note that each student will be presented with a Bible on First Communion Thursday – April 9/Maundy Thursday – for his or her personal study and for use in Sunday School, Confirmation and Worship. Parents/Grandparents/Guardians are welcome and encouraged to be present at this class time. We will meet in the Mission & Ministry Building, but will also move to other places in the building for parts of the lessons.
The class will include instruction, discussion, videos, mini-field trips in the church building, etc.
Due to the late date of Resurrection Sunday/Easter Sunday this year (April 12), there should be little or no problem with Spring Break from school for the students.
Also, one of the classes will include bread baking by the students. This bread will be used at their First Communion service.
Here is the schedule:
Sundays, March 22 and 29, April 5
11:15 a.m. – about 12:30 p.m.
If one or more of these dates is/are not workable for your family, I am very glad to work out make up lessons for your student. That way he or she will not miss out of the learning and special service this year.
If you are unsure if your child is ready to participate in this class, please read through this article which was published on our church web site a few years ago.
Thursday, April 9 7:30 p.m. Maundy Thursday Service, First Holy Communion Day
Presentation of Bible to students during worship – Church gives to Parent/Grandparent, then the parent/grandparent presents Bible to student. We will go over this before that Thursday, so all are ready.
Students please arrive by 7:00 p.m. to make sure all our plans are in order for what we will be doing at worship. Also, families may wish to take photos before worship, for this is the best time to do this. The altar area will be bare of all decorations, candles, banners, etc. after worship due to the “Stripping of the Altar” during the service.
I look forward to exploring this wonderful sacrament with your child. This is a very exciting time of growth for these young people and for their families. If you have any questions or special needs, please feel free to contact me. See email and phone number above.