Membership in the Episcopal Church begins with Baptism, the sacrament of inclusion into the worldwide Christian community. Adults and mature teenagers may choose to affirm their Baptism, or what was promised for them in infant Baptism, in the rite of Confirmation. If you are interested in learning more, please speak to one of the clergy.
Because the Church honors a variety of personal journeys and spiritual histories, the Episcopal liturgy provides for three expressions of the rite of Confirmation:
I. Confirmation: This is the first mature and public acknowledgment of the promises made at Baptism.
II. Reception: This is the option for those who have made a mature, public affirmation of Baptism in another tradition – Roman Catholic, Lutheran, Eastern Orthodox, or another tradition that has a comparable rite - and who want to be "received" into the Episcopal Church.
III. Reaffirmation: This is the option for those who were baptized as adults, or those who have already been confirmed, but have been away from the church or inactive for a long period of time and want to "reaffirm" their Baptismal vows, publicly.
St. Francis Episcopal Church offers one curriculum for adults and another for youth; each offer reflection on the Christian life of faith in light of one's life and life's challenges, scripture study, prayer, spiritual disciplines, and moral decision-making.
For youth, the Confirmation offering is the culmination of two years of structured study, prayer, outreach, and relationship-building. This describes the youth group curriculum at St. Francis called Journey to Adulthood. In the second year of this program teens (usually in 9th or 10th grade) are expected to attend additional confirmation classes in preparation for the Bishop's visit.
Youth who are new to the parish community and are in 10th grade are eligible to register and prepare for confirmation by attending Youth Group and Confirmation classes.