Admission to Communion – Explanatory note

THE GOVERNING BODY OF THE CHURCH IN WALES

CORFF LLYWODRAETHOL YR EGLWYS YNG NGHYMRU

Explanatory Note

Motion on Admission to Communion
Following the publication of the Documents about Admission to Communion in September 2016, considerable discussion was held within the Deanery of Roose about the proposed changes.
Whilst acknowledging that matters of faith and order are the preserve of the Bench of Bishops, it was recognised that these changes presented significant practical and pastoral considerations, for both clergy and laity, which it was felt had not been fully
considered. These discussions voiced concerns which were shared on a wider basis
throughout the Diocese.
The purpose of this motion is to enable the Governing Body to consider more widely the concerns shared in relation to this issue. The following points were felt to be especially relevant to such a discussion:
I. guidelines on appropriate preparation for the child and the family before the child
first receives communion;
II. clarification on the occasions on which a priest could or should refuse someone
communion;
III. details of how confirmation is to be maintained as a meaningful step of discipleship;
IV. provision being made for those parishes and clergy who for reasons of theological
conviction cannot accept the new policy, so they can act within their conscience;
V. the need for appropriate resources to be published for use in parishes and other
contexts.
If this motion is passed, it is hoped that a greater level of consultation will ta
ke place following the debate, on both a Diocesan and Parochial level, which will contribute to a fuller discussion of all the issues involved and provide greater time for the implementation of the policy
.
The Reverend Harri Williams
St Davids Diocese
August 2017