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.


2016 Schedule 

All meetings are on Sundays at 1 p.m.

December 6, 2015 and January 10, 2016: Meetings for anyone who wants to ask questions about Confirmation, Baptism, joining the Episcopal Church, or trying out classes this year. Come to one meeting or come to both.

Sundays January 17 through March 13 and April 3 through 17: Weekly classes for participants, with a break for Holy Week and Easter.

Monday, April 25: Saint Mark’s Day. Confirmations, Baptisms, and Receptions take place during the Bishop’s visit at the 7 p.m. Mass.