Confirmation at St. Stephen’s
“Strengthen, O Lord, your servant with your Holy Spirit; empower her for your service; and sustain her all the days of her life. Amen.” (BCP p. 418)
Confirmation is a sacrament of grace and mystery, long-standing in the church. or many years in the Episcopal Church, confirmation took place in the sixth grade, but more recently Episcopalians have moved to a pattern in which candidates for confirmation are expected to be in at least the 9th grade. This is because this sacrament is intended to be “a mature commitment to Christ,” one that your teen makes because s/he chooses to, not because they’re “supposed to.”
In Confirmation, your teen will receive, “strength from the Holy Spirit – through prayer and the laying on of hands by a bishop.” Believe me, that strength is very real. It will sustain your child throughout high school and beyond. If you’re like most of us, you took vows on your child’s behalf when s/he was baptized as a baby. Confirmation is an opportunity for our teens to affirm those vows for themselves. It’s powerful, it’s meaningful, and it’s profoundly holy.
If you think your teen might be interested, or you have any questions, please email Sue McHugh at email@example.com. Confirmation classes run 6-8 weeks, with the 2017 Confirmation dates to be determined.
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