Young people and communion before confirmation

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Ben Norton explains how we are preparing our young people to receive communion389599_10151850809390160_1861441904_n

This month will see the beginning of our communion before confirmation course for all of our young people in Church who have been baptised and are of school age. This is something that as a Church we are completely in favour of, having under gone the correct procedures laid out by the diocese to engage

with all the issues that this may raise. We have come to a point at which we would now like to offer some classes for the young people to learn more about taking the bread and wine during our communion services. These classes will be taking place during our regular Youth Church times, with an added extra meeting in Church. St Cuthbert’s is a Church where everybody is somebody and all are welcome. We believe it is important that everyone feels part of our worship so this short course will allow our younger baptised members to begin to understand the mysteries of the communion service with the result that they would be welcome to receive the bread and wine during our services. The sessions will be as follows:

Sunday 24th Feb 10am Youth Church session 1

“Belonging” – Understanding that we all belong to many different groups and people, and that our faith plays a special role in who we are.

Sunday 17th March 10am Youth Church session 2

“Prayer” – Ways in which we can talk and listen to God.

Sunday 24th March 10am Youth Church session 3

“Remembering Jesus” – Looking at what Jesus did and how / why we remember him.

Saturday 30th March 11am in Church practice taking communion session. The communion service what we do and how we do it. (this session is done in church with either Revd Mike or Revd Ben)

With the first communion being on Easter Day in the 10 am service. We realise that not all young people may wish to take part in receiving the bread and wine, indeed some parents may not wish for their young people to take the bead and wine just yet. There is no pressure either way, but this is something that we wish to offer and this is the beginning of the journey of exploration and not the end. It is part of our on going commitment to all of our young people to allow them to grow and develop their own faith journey. Our Youth Church leaders do an amazing job and the numbers in Youth Church are growing as well as the young peoples’ commitment to faith is deepening. On Palm Sunday we will see the baptism of Jake (7), Jake is fairly new to Youth Church but expressed the wish to be baptised, telling one of the Youth Church leaders that he is looking forward to be- longing to St Cuthbert’s.

So as we head towards Easter we ask that you will hold the young people, their families and the Youth Church leaders in your prayers, and that we may continue to see God’s Kingdom come though these amazing ‘Kingdom Kids!”

Grace and Peace Ben

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