Chelmsford Diocesan
Board of Education

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Sacraments - Holy Communion

You may be considering children and Holy Communion in your parish. 

If so, the information below will guide you through the necessary processes for your parish to consider the issues and apply to the Diocesan Bishop for permission.

The information below guides you through discussion with your leadership team and the wider church, provides the necessary application forms and offers a range of support and resources to help you through the process.

Admission to Holy Communion prior to Confirmation

All the information is downloadable and printable as pdf documents and the Parish Application form is downloadable as both pdf and Word documents. You can download these documents by clicking on the links at the bottom of the page.

Introductions from Bishop Stephen

An introduction from Bishop Stephen


Considerations surrounding offering the very best to the children in our care

Frequently asked questions  

Parishes who are considering Holy Communion before Confirmation may have questions. We have collected some of the commonly asked questions here 

General Synod Regulations (2006)  

It was in 2006 that General Synod granted permission for Diocese and Parishes to pursue admission to Holy Communion prior to Confirmation and set down conditions, listed here


The process of considering Holy Communion for children in your leadership and in the wider church is outlined here 

Preparation Materials   

There is a range of information to help parishes prepare themselves and prepare children for Holy Communion 

Parish Application Form   

This form must be completed and returned to Bishopscourt before permission will be granted. Click here to see what is involved in completing the form


Confirmation is a natural development for those who are granted permission to receive Communion and you can find resources here to help yo in your preparation for Confirmation 

Sample Certificates  

We recommend that children should receive a certificate celebrating their admisison to Holy Communion. Samples are offered here

Useful Contacts   

Contact details of people who are available to help you as you consider these issues