First Communion

‘This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.’ (Luke 22.19b)

The Eucharist is the main act of worship in most churches, and receiving communion is a significant part of the spiritual life of most Christians. At the Eucharist we thank God for his goodness, we proclaim Christ’s death and resurrection, and we eat bread and drink wine in remembrance of him. 

Until recently in the Church of England, communion could only be received after confirmation, but individual parishes may now choose to admit baptized children to communion before this, following a period of instruction. In the Diocese of Southwark baptized children may be admitted to communion from the age of seven, and in the Parish of Putney we usually run classes every year for children and their parents.

Baptized children are full members of the church, and admitting them to communion before confirmation allows their spirituality to develop further before they are asked to make the serious commitment of confirmation.

We usually hold an information session for First Holy Communion in December, followed by classes in January and the First Holy Communion in February. These are usually for those in school Year 3 and above.

The 2024 ABC (Admission of the Baptised to Communion) preparation course consists of 5 sessions. The sessions cover: Baptism and Belonging; The Christian Way; The Last Supper; and Holy Communion.

The main sessions take place in 2024 on the following dates at 4.00-5.30pm on:

Sunday 14th January @ St Mary’s Church

Sunday 21st January @ All Saints’ Church

Sunday 28th January @ St Mary’s Church

and 10am on

Saturday 3rd February @ All Saints’ Church (venue determined by where your child will be admitted to communion – see below)

The course ends with the Admission Service on Sunday 4th February. The Admission Services will be held in both churches so that the children can be welcomed by their church family into the worshipping community to which they feel most connected. Our service will take place at 10.30am at All Saints’ Church.

For further information, please contact:

Revd Dr Daniel Trott, Team Vicar, All Saints’ (


Jackie Davis – Children and Families @ All Saints’ (