Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church
1300 Mainsfield Strett
Chippewa Falls, WI 54729

Sacraments at Our Saviour’s are important and fundamental to our worship service. Learn more about how we celebrate Baptism, Communion and our Affirmation of Baptism for all ages.

Baptism

At Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, Baptism is a significant milestone and begins a life-long journey characterized by our relationship with God, our faith community and the world. A “Splash Sponsor” supports your child and family through this milestone ministry.

We baptize young and old; If you are interested in baptism for a child, please let us know even before your baby is born. Feel free to contact Pastor Paul to set up an appointment to plan a Baptism.

First Communion

Jesus says, “Let the little children come…”
~Luke 18:16 At Our Saviour’s, children have a place with Jesus at the gracious and wondrous meal of forgiveness, life, hope, joy, renewal, nourishment, peace, comfort, challenge, courage, and strength; a place like no other — the Lord’s Table. The arms of Jesus are open. The table is set. There is room for all, and Jesus has never stopped saying, “Let the children come to me.”

Discerning if Your Child is Ready to Take Communion

Parents, in consultation with Pastor Paul, can best determine if a child is ready for communion.  Every child is different and each will pick up on the significance of the meal at a different point.  Use questions like these to help you understand your child and her/his sense of belonging in the faith community, so you can make a decision about readiness.

  • Has she or he been baptized?
  • Is your child comfortable in various locations around the church, including the altar?
  • Will the child extend his or her hands when asked to do so?
  • Does your child seem able to interact with others enough in order to receive the elements?
  • Is he/she aware enough of others in the congregation and their needs to show a degree of respect for their communion experience?
  • Are you as parents or caregivers prepared to help make this a positive process?

Only the first question requires an absolute yes before the child can be considered ready for communion.  The other questions are meant to assist in understanding the child’s readiness. They are meant to generate conversation, set goals, and direct the preparation process for each child and her/his family.

Once you decide as a family that your child is ready to receive communion, consult with Pastor Paul if you have any questions.

At home you and your child can…

  1. Read and discuss “The Sacrament of Holy Communion” from Luther’s Small Catechism
  2. Help your child learn or practice the Lord’s Prayer if they don’t know it.
  3. Read/view and discuss:
  • Fed & Forgiven (An age appropriate series of take-home activities and discussion starters to use around the dinner table or other convenient family times) available from the church office.
  • DVD Name??? View and discuss the age-appropriate DVDs with video segments that explore the meanings of Holy Communion in ways appropriate for varied age levels. DVDs are available from the church library/office for preK-K, grades 1-3, 4-6 and adult. You can watch and discuss.

Following the at home tasks, schedule a time to meet with Pastor Paul to talk about God’s extraordinary things of bread and wine, Jesus sharing the last supper with his disciples, how Holy Communion is like the meals we share with others all through our lives and how God has a place for all people at the table of our Lord Jesus Christ. Finally, together we will set a date for first communion and acknowledge it in the announcements and prayers of the church.