Admission to Communion

In the Parish of Putney, we take the spirituality of children seriously, and we want to give them opportunities to grow in their relationship with God and take their place as full members of our worshipping community. One way that children can enter more fully into our worship is by starting to receive communion, which can happen after a short course of preparation. We run the course for children in Year 3 and above.

The ABC (Admission of the Baptised to Communion) preparation course consists of 5 sessions. The first session is an information and preparation session intended both for those families whose children have decided to take the course, and for those who would like to know more. This is held in December. The other sessions, through January, cover: Baptism and Belonging; The Christian Way; The Last Supper; and Holy Communion.

Faith is nurtured in the home, and so we ask parents or guardians to attend the course as well, sometimes joining in activities with the children, and sometimes taking part in separate discussions. This will enable you to support your child as they are admitted to communion and might also help you to think through some of your own questions about faith.

The course culminates with the Admission Service at the beginning of February

We have now completed the 2024 course and are delighted to have welcomed and admitted so many of our young people to Holy Communion. 

For information about the 2025 course, please contact:

Rev’d John Whittaker
Team Rector, St Mary’s (

Nikki Cornfield – Youth and Families @ St Mary’s