Confirmation, Reception, and Reaffirmation of Baptismal Vows
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life." John 3:16
CONFIRMATION in the Episcopal Church is the rite provided in The Book of Common Prayer for baptized persons who are ready and prepared to make a mature, public affirmation of their faith (In other words, to say for yourself what others may have said for you at baptism). Confirmation is not required for church membership, but it is a significant, public way to affirm your connection to the church. At confirmation the bishop prays that that the Lord will “empower you for his service and sustain you all the days of your life.”
RECEPTION into the Episcopal Church is for baptized persons who have made a mature public affirmation of their faith in another denomination. They are presented to our bishop, who acknowledges their prior status and receives them into the Episcopal Church with these words: “We recognize you as a member of the one holy catholic and apostolic Church, and we receive you into the fellowship of this Communion.”
REAFFIRMATION is for Episcopalians who are refreshing or renewing their membership in the church. They are presented to the bishop who prays that “the Holy Spirit, who has begun a good work in you, may direct and uphold you in the service of Christ and his kingdom.”
For more information contact our clergy at 281-342-2147.