Do you want to become an Episcopalian, a baptized Christian, an individual who better understands what religion and the church are all about? Consider taking the Catechumenate class.
Preparation for Baptism, confirmation, Reception, or Renewal
Catechumenate is a big word that encompasses the formal steps to become or renew your membership in the Episcopal Church. Anyone, youth or adult, who is interested in confirmation, reception, renewal of baptismal vows, or baptism should join the Catechumenate Class. Classes will include an overview of the history of Anglicanism and of the Episcopal Church, as well as a look at the Book of Common Prayer, the Sacraments, and the Baptismal Covenant. Please contact the parish office if you are interested in the Catechumenate.
Baptism is the rite of full initiation, by water and the Holy Spirit, into membership in the Christian Church.
Confirmation is the rite in which we express our faith and commitment to Christ, and through prayer and the laying on of hands by the Bishop, receive strength from the Holy Spirit to continue a life of faith and commitment. Confirmation preparation consists of a period of study and the reaffirmation of baptismal vows.
Reception is the rite of affiliation with this part of the body of Christ (the Episcopal Church), by the public affirmation of faith and the laying on of hands by the Bishop, for those who have previously received the sacrament of confirmation in another part of the body of Christ.
Renewal is the rite, for those who have been Baptized and Confirmed, in which we express a renewed commitment to the Baptismal vows. Renewal is signified by a public affirmation of the Baptismal vows, prayer, and the laying on of hands by the Bishop.