The Episcopal Church looks at confirmation as a “mature affirmation of one’s faith”, often viewed as affirming the vows made on one’s behalf in baptism. Rather than knowing and adhering to a static set of knowledge or belief system about God (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit), a more holistic way to view confirmation is a willing engagement in wanting to know and explore their relationship with God (asking all those good questions), wanting to be disciples of Jesus (love one another in mind, body, and soul), and wanting to be open to how God will direct their lives, through the Holy Spirit. Knowledge of the Book of Common Prayer is also important in claiming our Episcopal tradition as their pathway into the knowledge and presence of God.
We have been offering a two year program where each week our young people (ages 11+) will gather, sometimes to be in community with all the other children and youth, and twice a month to be in a separate group, one Sunday studying the scriptures in depth and the other Sunday to explore the Way of Love, where they will learn about the Episcopal faith, tradition, and identity and to learn spiritual practices that will ground them the rest of their lives.
Confirmation Classes will happen within the Faith Formation Program of “Coffee Hour for Kids” which will be every Sunday from 11:15 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
An integral part of this program will also be what we call “Youth Mini-Mission Events” which will be opportunities for our young people to be Christians in the world, serving and loving others.