Confirmation

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Confirmation at Epiphany and Christ Church

Confirmation is the sacramental rite in which an individual "confirms" his or her desire to be a follower of Jesus Christ through a mature affirmation of faith. Our faith journeys are unique and we discover our call to follow Jesus at various points in our lives. The church recognizes this wonderful variety by offering individuals opportunity to Confirm their faith, Reaffirm their faith or to recognize their movement into this branch of Christ’s one, holy, catholic and apostolic church through Reception.

 

More About Confirmation

If you are considering Confirmation, whether for yourself or someone in your family, the following information should be helpful.

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Choosing Your Path

Confirmation, Reception or Reaffirmation?

Many were baptized as infants, and their parents and godparents affirmed the baptismal vows for them. As such persons come to maturity, the rite of Confirmation is appropriate for them to now accept responsibility for the baptismal vows once made on their behalf.

Others find themselves joining our parish having worshiped for many years in another part of the Body of Christ. For such individuals the rite of Reception (being received into the Anglican/Episcopal Church) may be more appropriate.

Still others may have been baptized and confirmed but strayed away from vital participation in the church. They now have a desire to make a "recommitment" to their Christian faith. For such individuals the rite of Reaffirmation would  be more appropriate.

Each of us is on a journey in faith but our paths are different. To determine which of these rites, generally discussed as "Confirmation," is appropriate for you, please make an appointment to speak with our Pastor.

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How Old Do You Need To Be?

For Young People

Young people considering Confirmation should know that it is the policy of our Pastor and of the Bishop that young people must be in at least the eighth grade or higher to be Confirmed. Candidates also must be active members of Church of the Epiphany and Christ Church, usually for at least a year, prior to their request to enroll for Confirmation.