Confirmation is described by the Book of Common Prayer as a rite of the Church “in which we express a mature commitment to Christ, and receive strength from the Holy Spirit through prayer and the laying on of hands by a bishop.” It is a public, adult affirmation of the covenant with God to follow in the ways of Jesus that was made for us at our baptism by our parents and godparents.
Confirmation is available to those in high school or older after a period of preparation with the clergy or youth minister.
Reception is appropriate for those who have been a part of another Christian tradition, have been confirmed by a bishop and would like to make a public affirmation of their faith and affiliation with the Episcopal Church. Those interested in being received into the Episcopal church should contact the clergy.
Reaffirmation of Baptismal Vows is a rite in which those who are baptized and confirmed are presented to the bishop to reaffirm their baptismal vows. Often, this occurs after a time away from the Church, a change in life circumstance, or a deepening of one’s spiritual life. Those who are interested in reaffirming their baptismal vows should contact the clergy.