Admitting children to communion before confirmation
The admittance of children to communion is now a well established practice within the Church of England. Baptized children who have not yet been confirmed, and who are not yet ready and desirous to be confirmed, may be admitted to Holy Communion provided that the conditions set out in the Regulations issued January 2007, are satisfied.
Forms & Certificates
Those with parental responsibility must be content that a child be admitted to communion before confirmation.
Permission from the Diocesan Bishop must be obtained before a parish can admit any child to Holy Communion before confirmation. Parishes who received permission before the Regulations were issued in 2007, must re-apply.
Admitting Children to Communion Regulations (.pdf / 152kb)
Permission to Admit Children - Application Form (.pdf / 300kb)
Certificates must be given:
Communion Certificate (.pdf / 173kb)
Anyone who has been baptised, and is old enough to answer responsibly for themselves, may be confirmed. Although there is no set age for people to be confirmed in the Anglican church, traditionally this has been from their early teens.
Confirmation marks the point in a person's Christian journey at which they affirm their baptismal faith and commit to a life of discipleship. The confirming Bishop, through prayer and the laying on of hands, asks God to empower them to live in His way.