The Rite of Confirmation is the sacrament in which we express a mature commitment to Christ, and receive strength from the Holy Spirit. Candidates prepare for confirmation by receiving instruction in the faith and through prayerful consideration in community with others. The Confirmation process at Christ Church has always had one goal in mind: prepare our young people for a life rooted in Christ and walk with them as they discern how their faith can be a real and essential part of their journey. I believe that we have done this very well over the past few years, and Confirmation has quickly grown to be one my favorite parts of our ministry at Christ Church. There is, however, always an opportunity for us to improve and do better. Below I’ll outline some of these changes that will come with the beginning of the 2020-2021 school year.
Our classes have historically been a January-May course, with a rigorous curriculum consisting of two and a half hour classes on a bi-weekly schedule. When we approached this year, we wanted to give our students more flexibility and time to explore the wide range of topics that we normally cover. This led us to make the decision to break up the classes into seventeen 45-minute sessions that will occur during the Formation Hour (10:15-11:00 am) on Sunday mornings. These classes will start on September 27th and conclude in late April, and will be held on campus. A full schedule of these sessions is available on our website on the Formation page. We wholeheartedly believe that having more classes will give us more time to discuss, learn, and grow. The new schedule allows our confirmands to deepen their engagement with Sunday morning worship and learning, while still allowing youth to participate in other school and extracurricular activities. Confirmation is, however, an important commitment to oneself and to the community, so the decision to participate should be prayerfully considered by the whole family. The mentor portion of Confirmation will remain the same window of January to May.
We have also completely shifted to the Confirm Not Conform Episcopal curriculum, which is an amazing set of lessons that seeks to help students not only learn and grow in their faith, but to ask questions, seek their own answers, and find a place in the church that they can call home. Last year we incorporated some of the CnC lessons and found them to be engaging and thought provoking. If you’re interested in learning more, make sure to visit the Confirm Not Conform website.
Youth confirmation is open to students in 9th-12th grades who have not yet been confirmed. Those interested in youth confirmation should review the materials we have uploaded to the youth webpage. If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact Brooks. Please note, adults who are interested in being confirmed may reach out to Fr. Keith Oglesby for information.
I am very excited for our Confirmation process this year, and I ask for your prayers as we continue to prepare for another year of learning and growing together in Christ.
Director of Youth Ministry
The best part of Confirmation was embracing the word of the Lord with peers who were interested in the same thing as me. Although we are on our own paths, through this process we learned that God is a constant in our lives no matter how much we differ as individuals. The classes helped answer questions that were keeping my faith from expanding and I couldn’t be more grateful for this experience.
During Confirmation, the most meaningful part for me was going on the retreat and feeling like I was one with God.