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.


2017 Schedule 

Sunday, December 11, 2016 at 1 p.m. and Sunday, January 22, 2017 at 1 p.m.: These sessions are for those interested in learning more about confirmation, baptism, joining The Episcopal Church, or trying out classes this year. Come to one meeting or come to both.

Sunday, January 8 at 10 a.m.: Join the Adult Forum as Mother Nora Johnson leads a wider discussion with the parish about receiving new members of the parish and the formation of new Christians.

Sundays, January 29 through April 2 at 1 p.m.: Weekly classes for participants.  

Sunday, April 23, following the High Mass: Rehearsal for those who will be received, baptized, or confirmed on Saint Mark’s Day.

Tuesday, April 25 at 7 p.m.: Pontifical High Mass for the feast of Saint Mark, with confirmation and reception.