On February 4, 16 young men and women took the step to re-affirm their baptisms during the 10:30 a.m. service. With the help of mentors and the rector, they spent a year deepening their relationship with Jesus Christ and learning what it means to be called a Child of God. As part of the process, they read the bible paying particular attention to certain passages pertaining to their faith. Upon completion of their work, each young person is asked by the Bishop of the Diocese to affirm their commitment to their faith and Jesus Christ as well as the covenant entered into at the time of their baptism.
Congratulations to the 16 young women and men on their confirmation:
Aidan van Zanten
For some pictures from the day, check out our album on Flikr.
The Episcopal Church says this about Confirmation: “The sacramental rite in which the candidates “express a mature commitment to Christ, and receive strength from the Holy Spirit through prayer and the laying on of hands by a bishop” (BCP, p. 860). Those who were baptized at an early age and those baptized as adults without laying on of hands by a bishop are expected to make a mature public affirmation of their faith, recommit themselves to the responsibilities of their baptism, and receive laying on of hands by a bishop (BCP, p. 412). Adults baptized with the laying on of hands by a bishop are considered to be confirmed. (taken from The Episcopal Church Website)