All Saints provides preparation classes for those wishing to be Confirmed and Received in the Episcopal Church. The curriculum used is the "Confirm not Conform" program, which largely explores Scripture, Tradition, and Reason, which are considered by many to be the "pillars" of the Episcopal tradition. The idea behind these courses is to adequately prepare candidates for Confirmation and Reception in order to allow them to make an informed decision regarding the future of their faith journey. At All Saints, it is ultimately up to the candidate to decide whether or not they want to be Confirmed or Received, and candidates will not be recommended without their consent. Those seeking Confirmation must be turning at least 16 years old in the same school year in which they are to be Confirmed.
Some Frequently Asked Questions: Q. What is Confirmation? A. Confirmation is a sacramental rite wherein recommended candidates clearly and publicly renews their Baptismal vows on their own behalf before their faith community and diocesan Bishop. The Bishop will then lay hands on the candidates and anoint them with Chrism oil to seal them in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
Q. What is Reception? A. Those who have been Confirmed in another Christian denomination (e.g. Roman Catholic, Moravian, Lutheran, Presbyterian, etc.) may choose to be Received into the Episcopal Church, thus marking them as a member of a new Christian faith tradition.
Q. Must I be Confirmed or Received to be considered a member of the church? A. No. All baptized Christians are already full members of the Body of Christ, and by extension, the church. Confirmation and Reception are special rites that may be part of a person's faith journey, but are not required.
Q. I'm not Episcopalian. Can I still receive Communion in the Episcopal Church? A. All baptized Christians are welcome to receive Communion in the Episcopal Church. If you are not baptized or are baptized but wish not to receive Communion, you are still welcome to come to the Communion Rail to receive a special blessing. To indicate you'd like to receive a blessing in place of Communion, simply cross your arms across your chest.
Q. I have not been baptized/I'm not sure if I've been baptized. What can/should I do? A. If you haven't been baptized or aren't sure if you have been and would like to explore that further, please contact our long-term supply clergy, Bishop Jim Adams, at firstname.lastname@example.org.