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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.

Parish Resources

The new Parish Handbook is designed to help parishes consider the history, theology and practical details for admitting children to communion before confirmation.

This PowerPoint presentation can be used for PCCs and other meetings.

A short video, ‘One Bread, One Body', was produced by the children and young people of the Living Brook Benefice in Northampton, outlining their reasons for wanting to be admitted. A copy of this video is included in the PowerPoint but can also be accessed here.

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