We're looking forward to welcoming Bishop Jennifer Brooke-Davidson, who will be visiting St. Thomas' this spring on Sunday, May 31st. While here, the Bishop will be celebrating at our Sunday morning service, at which time she will offer the rites of Confirmation, Reception, and Reaffirmation. We're currently forming adult and youth confirmation classes now in advance of the Bishop's visit in May.
We especially need to know if our young people, grades 8 and above, would be interested in a confirmation class as soon as possible. Herbert and Katie are planning a Shrine Mont retreat from March 27th-29th for the youth participating in confirmation classes. The deadline to RSVP for this retreat is March 1st, 2020. In addition, classes for youth will be held on May 3rd and May 17th from 3:30 - 5:00 pm at church. Young people must attend both classes in May to be eligible for confirmation. Participation in the Shrine Mont retreat is strongly recommended.
Adults are invited to participate in classes in preparation for confirmation, reception, or reaffirmation on Sundays from 9:30 - 10:15 am. These classes will run from February 23rd- March 29th. Youth are invited to participate in Adult Ed as well.
Whether you're interested in adult or youth confirmation classes, please email The Rev. Herbert Jones or Katie Cosby letting them know of your interest.
Confirmation is for people who were either baptized as children or who are coming to the Episcopal Church from another tradition. Confirmation is preceded by a period of instruction and inquiry. In this rite, a person makes a mature affirmation of the promises made by their parents and godparents at baptism, and joins the fellowship of Christians who worship and serve in the Anglican tradition.
Reception is for those who have already been confirmed in another denomination and wish to affirm their choice to continue their spiritual journey as an Episcopalian.
Some who are already confirmed Episcopalians may wish to be “reaffirmed” by the bishop when she visits St. Thomas'. Often this will occur after a period of study, reflection and prayer. It may take place as a result of having accompanied a teenage child, a spouse, or other loved one during their own preparation for confirmation.