By Joyce Matthews
Confirmation is a pastoral rite in the Episcopal Church; therefore it is not a rite that notes fuller initiation into the Church, the Body of Christ. A person is a full member of the Church through Baptism. Confirmation is a “mature public affirmation of faith and commitment to the responsibilities of Baptism” BCP (p. 860).
At Confirmation one receives strength from the Holy Spirit through prayer and laying on of hands by our bishop. There are some positions of leadership in the Episcopal Church that require one to be confirmed such as Vestry members, Eucharistic Ministers and Eucharistic Visitors.
Reception is common for people who have been active throughout their lives in other denominations. These folks have made a mature public affirmation of their faith and commitment to the responsibilities of Baptism in their previous denomination.
Reaffirmation means that you choose to re-state your commitment to Christ in the Episcopal Church honoring your growth in faith throughout your spiritual journey.
Our Adult (16 years or older) Confirmation, Reception, and Reaffirmation classes will provide knowledge regarding the Episcopal Church, as well as Bible study on Wednesdays during the Lenten season. They are open to adults who not only want to be confirmed, but may want reception or reaffirmation, or just a refresher course to learn more about the Episcopal Church.
If you have any questions or would like to participate in the classes, please contact Pastor Joyce Matthews.