Confirmations, Receptions and Reaffirmation
Confirmations, Receptions and Reaffirmations are celebrated at St. Bart's one Sunday each year, during the 11 am service.
Adult Confirmation Class: Sundays 12:30–2 pm, March 5 - April 2, 2017, in the Vestry Room. This four-session course is open to all, and is particularly intended to prepare adults for the rites of Confirmation, Reception and Reaffirmation at our Bishop’s Visit on Sunday, June 11. Join us for spirited teaching on the basics of our faith as lived in the evolving Episcopal and Anglican traditions. Bring your own questions about life and faith, and discover the power of a community of faith in dealing with such great questions.
On Sunday, June 11, 2017, The Rt. Rev. Allen K. Shin will visit St. Bart’s for the Episcopal Visitation with Confirmation, Reception, and Reaffirmation.
Our bishop acts as a symbol and representative of that wider reality, and annually in a formal “visitation” offers prayer and the laying on of hands in a
rite called Confirmation.
All definitions of membership in the church begin and end with Baptism, the
sacrament of inclusion. Adults and mature teenagers may choose to affirm what they did or what was done for them in baptism in this rite of Confirmation.
Because the church respects the wide variety of personal spiritual histories and journeys, our liturgy provides for three expressions of this Rite:
Confirmation: This is the first mature and public acknowledgement of the
promises made at baptism.
Reception: This is the option for those who have made that mature, public
affirmation of one’s baptism in another tradition— Roman Catholic, Eastern
Orthodox, Lutheran, or other tradition that has a comparable rite.
Reaffirmation: This is the option for those baptized as adults, or those who
have already been confirmed but have been away from church and inactive for a long period of time.
For further information on adult confirmation at St. Bartholomew's Church, please email the Rev. Lynn C. Sanders or to register to participate in the ceremony, please complete the Action Form below.