Confirmation for Youth and Adults
One of the traditional sacraments of the Episcopal Church is Confirmation, a service in which the candidate is asked by the bishop to “confirm” his or her baptismal vows. There is a period of instruction before this step is taken in order to explore and clarify the beliefs of the church to the candidates.
As a mature profession of faith, confirmation is an important milestone for Episcopalians. But confirmation is not graduation– it’s not just a matter of completing a prescribed curriculum. As such, preparation for confirmation is all about providing evidence of a lifestyle that is consistent with being a disciple of Jesus and a capacity to make a mature profession of faith.
Knowing the content of the faith is important, but commitment to Christ and to the church is essential.
At St. Mary’s, we have four basic requirements for all seeking to be confirmed:
Familiarity with the Christian story of salvation and your place in that story
Familiarity with the polity and structures of The Episcopal Church,
A spiritual retreat, and
Regular involvement in Sunday morning worship, and in service and outreach, to our parish and the wider community.
Confirmation normally takes place only once a year, at our bishop’s visitation Sunday. We’re glad to answer any questions you might have!