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Communion before Confirmation

As many as 20% of parishes in the Peterborough Diocese now welcome children to Communion before confirmation, 5% above the national average. This means that, with the permission of the Bishop and a good programme of preparation, admitted children can participate fully in the Eucharist.

New Regulations

In 2006 new national Regulations for Communion before Confirmation were adopted. These are now part of the Bishops’ Regulations in the Peterborough Diocese. Rona Orme, Children’s Missioner, has produced new material to help parishes introduce Communion before Confirmation, particularly for children.

These downloads offer:

  • A complete step-by-step guide of what to do, including sample forms and certificates.

Peterborough Regulations 2008 (pdf)
Consent form, normally completed by the child's parent 


Speaking from experience

Follow these links to read about how admitting children to Communion before Confirmation works in some of our parishes:

Abington St Peter & St Paul (Greater Northampton Deanery) (pdf)

Broughton St Andrew and Loddington St Leonard (Kettering Deanery) (pdf)

Children receiving communion