Preparation for Confirmation and Reception into the Church 

In the course of their Christian development, those baptized at an early age are expected, when they are ready and have been duly prepared, to make a mature, public affirmation of their faith and commitment to the responsibilities of their Baptism and to receive the laying on of hands by the bishop.
— Book of Common Prayer 1979, p. 412

In confirmation, young people or adults reaffirm the vows made at their Baptism and they receive the laying on of hands by the Bishop, confirming God's gift of the Holy Spirit and recognizing a mature commitment to the faith of the Church. Those who come to Saint Mark's from other Christian denominations, and who have already been baptized and confirmed, may wish to be received into The Episcopal Church and welcomed by the Bishop.

Each year the clergy organize a series of discussions to prepare candidates for confirmation or reception into the Church. The discussion generally covers topics ranging from how we read the Bible to church history to talking about the personal histories of those participating in the group. Classes are typically offered during the time between Epiphany and Easter, leading to confirmation or reception on the feast of Saint Mark in April. To find out more or if you have any questions, please contact Mother Nora Johnson.


2019 Schedule 

Sunday, January 20 at 1 p.m.: This session is for those interested in learning more about confirmation, baptism, joining The Episcopal Church, or trying out classes this year.

Classes will be starting January 27 at Saint Mark’s for all adults who wish to explore their faith more deeply in relation to these options.  We would love to have you join us even if you are very uncertain about making such a commitment. Classes begin at 1 p.m. upstairs in the Parish Library, and will last about an hour and a half. Classes will meet on Sunday afternoons from January 27 to April 28, with a break for Easter. We will talk together each week about aspects of belief, worship, and community life. Explore a more detailed schedule and list of topics.

Sunday, May 5 at 11 a.m.: Pontifical High Mass with confirmation and reception.