Children and Communion


Image of bread and wine for the eucharistIn 2006, General Synod published regulations that enable churches to gain their Bishop’s permission to admit baptised children to receive communion before confirmation (Canon B15A).

Then and now, churches in the Diocese of Canterbury are encouraged to explore this question for themselves. There is a process set out by the Regulations, which asks PCC’s to come to a decision and to then seek permission from the Bishop. We welcome any opportunity to help PCCs to explore this question, and hopefully help them to go on to develop suitable preparation programmes and Eucharistic services that include all members of the family of God.

Bishop Rose will gladly consider any request from a PCC to admit baptised children to receive communion before confirmation provided that the PCC has discussed it and that a good and accessible preparation programme is in place.

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