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Preparation for Confirmation and Reception into the Church 

In the course of their Christian development, those baptized at an early age are expected, when they are ready and have been duly prepared, to make a mature, public affirmation of their faith and commitment to the responsibilities of their Baptism and to receive the laying on of hands by the bishop. — Book of Common Prayer 1979, p. 412

In confirmation, young people or adults reaffirm the vows made at their Baptism and they receive the laying on of hands by the Bishop, confirming God's gift of the Holy Spirit and recognizing a mature commitment to the faith of the Church. Those who come to Trinity from other Christian denominations, and who have already been baptized and confirmed, may wish to be received into the Episcopal Church and welcomed by the Bishop.

Each year the rector organizes a series of discussions to prepare candidates for confirmation or reception into the Church. The discussion generally covers topics ranging from how we read the Bible to church history to talking about the personal histories of those participating in the group. Classes are typically offered during the time between Epiphany and Easter, leading to confirmation or reception close to Easter.

2018 Confirmation Class Syllabus

January 7:          Introduction, The Creeds

                             Luke Timothy Johnson, “What the Creed is and What it Does”

January 14:        Scripture, Part I

                             Michael Coogan, “What is the Old Testament?” and “Exodus: A Deep Probe”  

January 21:        Scripture, Part II

                             Luke T. Johnson, “The New Testament and History,” “Literary Forms”  

February 4:        The Eucharist

                              John Macquarrie, A Guide to the Sacraments (excerpt) 

February 11:      Baptism

                              Jeffrey Lee, “A Baptismal Church”


February 25:      Sacramental Life

                              John Macquarrie, A Guide to the Sacraments (excerpt)


March 4:             Prayer and Moral Decision-making

                             Nadia Bolz-Weber, “Sermon—Prayer, Actually”

       Anne Lamott, “My Secret Little Prayer”

                             Luke Timothy Johnson, Scripture and Discernment (excerpt) 


March 11:           Anglican History and the Anglican Communion

                              James Griffiss, The Anglican Vision (excerpt) 

March 18:           The Episcopal Church: History and Structure


March 25:           Presentations (Confirmees only)

        Each confirmee makes a five-minute presentation: identify something from the process of being prepared for Confirmation,           or from these weeks of exploring their faith, that stands out for them as a] influential, b] moving, and c] compelling.


April 7:                Service Rehearsal for Confirmees at Trinity (4 pm)


April 8:                Confirmation Service (10 am)

                              + Michel presiding

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