Confirmation represents a deepening awareness and commitment to the love of God poured out in baptism. It involves a season of study and reflection, culminating in a ceremony where adults and teens publicly affirm their desire to follow Christ. The ceremony is officiated by a bishop (regional leader), who lays hands and prays over each participant, connecting us to the church across time and space.
While encouraged, confirmation is not necessary for membership. Baptism is the sole requirement. Confirmation is however expected for those who may wish to grow in leadership by serving on All Saints' vestry (board).
Those who have been already been confirmed or made an adult profession of faith in another denomination may instead be formally received into the Episcopal Church. Being received is very similar to being confirmed, with slightly different wording in the ceremony. Anyone received is considered a confirmed member. Typically, individuals are prepared for confirmation through the Adult Inquirers' Class or the youth confirmation program. View upcoming adult classes here, or contact Pat Kiley to learn more.
From lifelong churchgoers to those considering Christianity for the very first time, all are welcome to participate in our Adult Inquirers' Classes, without any expectation or pressure to be confirmed. Anyone already confirmed may also take the class as a "refresher." For them, opportunity is given at the end to publicly reaffirm their faith. View upcoming classes click here, or contact Pat Kiley to learn more.