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Confirmation

We begin with an overview, which includes, among several other things, being very explicit about what Confirmation is because most people cannot actually define it, even though they are freely choosing to be there.  We use the definition from the first paragraph on p. 412 in the Prayer Book ("the mature public affirmation...") and participants are warned that they will be drilled until they can say it back without hesitation!  It's important because it sets the stage for everything that follows (i.e. how to follow the promises of the Baptismal Covenant).

 

Phase 1 is Episcopal-specific stuff, since a lot of folks in the class, especially adults, tend to be new to the Episcopal Church.  (Since you're choosing to exercise your faith here, you probably ought to know how we came about, what the Prayer Book is, how we operate, etc.).  Phase II is basic Christian theology.  The page numbers correspond to the Catechism in the back of the Prayer Book.  We don't send people running away tearing their hair out by going over the questions-answers as they're printed, but use it as a facilitation of discussion.  Phase III basically says Now that you've gotten a handle on who and what the Episcopal Church is and been grounded in Christian theology, you need to know what to do with it - how to put faith into action.  We use a spiritual gifts inventory which also explains what spiritual gifts are (scripturally) and generally where they might be exercised in a church, but participants are then provided a listing and description of every ministry that exists in this parish and who contact people are so they take some initiative in the mature public affirmation...

 

Confirmation 2015

January

Phase I:  Inquiry

11        intro

25        history/Anglican traditions

 

February

  1        The Book of Common Prayer                                                            

  8           structure of the Episcopal Church

15        no class: bishop’s visit                                                                            

22        a liturgical miscellany

 

March

Phase II:  Basic Christian Theology

  1        BCP 845-7  (human nature, God-Father, old covenant, 10 comm.)

  8        BCP 853-4, 851  (holy scriptures, the church, creeds)

15        BCP 855-6  (ministry, prayer and worship)

22        BCP 857-60  (sacraments: Baptism, Eucharist, other)

29        no class: Palm Sunday

 

April

  5        no class: Easter                                                                                                        

12        financial stewardship                                    

Phase III:  Discipleship

19           spiritual gifts (teaching)

26           spiritual gifts (application)

 

May

   3           review/end: BCP 302-5