Confirmation is a Christian rite. It is the Christian equivalent of a Bar or Bat Mitzvah; it is the mature affirmation of faith in Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. Since most Episcopalians were baptized as infants, confirmation is the individual’s opportunity to confirm all of the promises that were made on the Confirmand’s behalf at baptism by parents and Godparents. Confirmation gives the individual the opportunity to make the Baptismal promises his / her own promises, vows, affirmations of faith. It is a big and wonderful decision; it is not mandated, but an opportunity. Individuals who are older than 13 when they are baptized are automatically confirmed in the process, since he/ she is able to speak for him/herself. Confirmation is the necessary rite for anyone who was baptized or confirmed in a protestant denomination and wishes to be considered an Episcopalian. Confirmation is a year-long process for any person in 8th grade thru 12th grade. All adults are asked to attend Episcopal 101 if they are interested in considering confirmation. Confirmation takes place once-a-year when the Bishop visits.
Reception is the way in which we welcome into the Episcopal Church people who were confirmed in the Roman Catholic Church. Attending Episcopal 101 is the way in which adults prepare for reception. Reception happens once-a-year when the Bishop visits.
If you would like further information about Confirmation and/or Reception, please contact one of the clergy.