Early Communion admits baptized children, who have not been confirmed, to the Lord’s Supper. Candidates have learned the Ten Commandments, the Creed, and the Lord’s Prayer. They have received careful instruction in the Gospel and Sacraments.
Adapted from Lutheran Service Book: Agenda
The “formal” process for early communion at St. Paul’s begins, typically, in 5th grade, though any child in grades 5-7 may participate in early communion once the requirements are met. One of the pastors teaches a class in the fall with both parents and children in attendance. The process is explained, some basic instruction takes place toward foundational knowledge, and the continuing process is placed in the parents’ hands.