Our Saviour’s, like many ELCA congregations, has offered First Communion instruction to third-graders since 1997. (Earlier generations typically only received Holy Communion after being confirmed.)
The students prepare for their First Communion with five weeks of instruction beginning in the early part of the year. (First Communion is usually celebrated during the season of Lent.) There are three classroom sessions, a practice session, and a family Seder.
The students receive their First Communion on a Sunday mutually agreed upon by their families. Following the service, the students are presented with gifts and a reception is held for them in Schilke Hall.