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 and Reaffirmation Class: 

Five Sundays 12:30–2 pm, March 5 - April 2, 2017, in the Vestry Room. 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. This course is open to all, and is particularly intended to prepare adults for the rites of Confirmation, Reception and Reaffirmation for our Bishop’s Visit on Sunday, June 11.  

Initial class: March 5, 2017

12:30 pm-2:00 pm in the Vestry Room

Join the Reverend Matthew Moretz for an exploration of how Episcopalians use the Bible as a tool for prayer, worship, and growth.

March 12, 2017

12:30 pm-2:00 pm in the Vestry Room

Join the Reverend Lynn Sanders for an overview of our church’s history, tracing our lineage from Jesus to this parish of St. Bart’s. 

March 19, 2017

12:30 pm-2:00 pm in the Vestry Room

The Reverend Lynn Sanders shares the rich heritage of the Book of Common Prayer, our church’s main worship text, and explores how the character of our worship helps define us as Episcopalians.

March 26, 2017

12:30 pm-2:00 pm in the Vestry Room

The Reverend Matthew Moretz gives a broad introduction to “theology,” the many ways we talk about and understand God, through both word and deed. 

April 2, 2017

12:30 pm-2:00 pm in the Vestry Room

Join our Rector, Dean Wolfe, for the final session of our course where he will share the ways in which the larger Episcopal Church is organized and the character of our common life throughout the world.

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. 

Questions about the form? Please contact Millard Cook, Executive Assistant to the Rector, at (212) 378-0263or at .




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