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How to compose a letter to a child for her first communion

Updated April 17, 2017

First Communion is an exciting, life-changing event where a young member of a religious community becomes an integrated and adult member of their church and a communicant. The event marks a threshold in the life of young Christians throughout the world and should be commemorated accordingly. Writing a letter to a child for her first Communion can be a time to congratulate the child and let her know of the support and love she is receiving from her community.

Open the letter with the words "Dear" followed by the child's name. For example, "Dear Jane." This opening is a classic for any warm, personal letter.

Start the letter by clearly stating your congratulations about the first Communion. For example: "Congratulations on your upcoming first Communion. I am so proud of you and the accomplishments you have achieved over the last year."

Use the second paragraph to outline some advice or helpful words for the child. Remember not to sound authoritative, and keep the language simple. For example, "It helped me after my first Communion to take a moment each day to be thankful for all of the blessings in my life."

Write a final paragraph which states your support and excitement for the child's first Communion. If you would like to be involved in the child's life and be a support system for her, let the child know how to reach you and that you are available. For example: "Once again, I am so happy and excited for your achievements and that you will soon experience your first Communion. If you ever need support or help, I will be happy to be there for you."

Close the letter with "Sincerely" or "With Warm Thoughts," followed by your signed name underneath the closing.

Tip

Ask the parents of the child if you can be a support system for their child before offering that service. Edit the letter to fix any typos or mistakes.

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Sarah Vrba has been a writer and editor since 2006. She has contributed to "Seed," "AND Magazine," Care2 Causes and "202 Magazine," among other outlets, focusing on fashion, pop culture, style and identity. Vrba holds an M.A. in history with an emphasis on gender and fashion in the 19th century.