The sacrament of Confirmation is characterized by The Book of Common Prayer as “a mature public affirmation of faith and commitment to the responsibilities of Baptism” through receiving “the laying on of hands by the bishop.”
All Episcopalians, mature in their faith, are expected to be confirmed. Those who have been confirmed in another denomination can be received. A series of Inquirers Classes for adults and a course for youth (ninth grade and up) are offered yearly at the Chapel of the Cross. If interested, please contact one of the staff clergy.
Adult Inquirers’ Class
- Are you interested in living more fully into your Baptism?
- Are you invested in learning more about the Episcopal tradition with possible transfer of membership from another tradition?
- Are you hoping to be confirmed when the Bishop visits in the spring?
- Are you longing to renew your baptismal covenant in a more formal way of preparation?
If you answered YES to any of these questions the Adult Inquirer’s Course is for you. The foremost purpose of the course is to create community, as well as to explore the breadth and depth of the Episcopal way and to prepare for confirmation. The course planners hope it will stimulate conversation, raise provocative questions rather than provide all the answers, and empower Inquirers to “take up the cross and follow Jesus of Nazareth.”
Regular participation is expected, understanding that participants may occasionally have conflicts. The course organizers also strongly encourage attendance at worship on principal feast days. If desired, Inquirers will be assigned a Shepherd who serves as a resource for the journey and a connection with the larger community.
Youth Inquirers’ Class
A class specifically for high school youth which explores what it means to be confirmed, to be an Episcopalian, and to make an adult decision to proclaim ownership of your faith.