Expressing our Commitment to Christ
Every two years, Saint James offers youth confirmation preparation classes. These classes weave together the basics of the faith: scripture, sacraments, prayer, and mission. The program’s format combines the e-learning module Called to Mercy with in-person gatherings and the opportunity for pilgrimages and mission experiences.
In the fall of 2018 we will invite students in grade 7 or older to discern if they desire to receive Confirmation.
More on Confirmation in the Episcopal Church
Confirmation is the rite in which we express a mature commitment to Christ, and receive strength from the Holy Spirit through prayer and the laying on of hands by a bishop (BCP, p. 860).
The Episcopal Church’s theology of Confirmation has continued to evolve along with its understanding of baptism. Confirmation is no longer seen as the completion of Christian initiation, nor is Confirmation a prerequisite for receiving communion. Baptism is full initiation by water and the Holy Spirit into Christ’s body the church (BCP, p. 298). Accordingly, Confirmation has been increasingly understood in terms of a mature, public reaffirmation of the Christian faith and the baptismal promises. (Source)
Confirmation in the Episcopal Church
Need more information on our confirmation classes? Email Alyssa Pasternak Post, Director for Children, Youth, and Families.Email Alyssa