Baptized members who wish to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation, the laying on of hands by our Bishop, Mark Beckwith, are asked to speak to Father Tim Carr. Our custom is that St. John’s Church participates in the district confirmation service, which is held annually at Trinity and St. Philip Cathedral in the Easter season or shortly thereafter. This service celebrates confirmation with other congregations, and is a sign of the wider dimension of the Church celebrating its baptismal membership as the Body of Christ.
Youth who wish to take on for themselves the baptismal promises made by their parents and sponsors, and adults, who wish to confirm their faith in the Church, all are invited to consider the Sacrament of Confirmation. The minimum age is 16 years and there is a substantive program of preparation required by our Bishop.
In the Episcopal Church, there are three actions that are sometimes referred to as confirmation:
Confirmation itself, in which a person who has not been confirmed by a Bishop comes before the Bishop for the laying on of hands.
Reception, in which a person who has been confirmed by a Bishop in a church other than the Episcopal Church, is received by the Bishop as a confirmed member of the Episcopal Church. For example, this would apply to members of the Roman Catholic Church who have been confirmed in their denomination and who now seek to become members of the Episcopal Church.
Reaffirmation, in which a person who has been confirmed or received by a Bishop in the Episcopal Church desires to reaffirm their faith commitment. This might be someone who had left the Episcopal Church and is now returning, or a spouse of someone who is being confirmed, or an adult confirmed as a youth who desires to make a renewal of faith in this way.