Confirmation is the rite in which we express a mature commitment to Christ, and receive strength from the Holy Spirit through prayer and the laying on of hands by a bishop. – The Book of Common Prayer, p. 860
The preparation for Confirmation focuses on our baptismal vows. These vows summarize our Christian identity and our responsibilities as followers of Christ. Good Shepherd offers a two-year program which generally begins when students are in eighth or ninth grade. This group meets for dinner several Sunday evenings during the fall and spring for fellowship and discussion. In the spring, we go on a weekend retreat at the Barbara C. Harris Camp and Conference Center in Greenfield, NH. The Confirmation Service, during which class members are accepted into full church membership, is held in May or June of the second year of the program.
However, our confirmands don’t just talk about religion: they are active participants in parish life, serving as acolytes and ushers, teaching Church School, taking roles in the dramatic reading of the Passion on Palm Sunday, and participating in worthy causes in our community. Young confirmands complete the confirmation process with the realization that they never “graduate” from their baptismal vows; those vows require the best that is in each of us and are a source of unending grace and strength throughout our entire lives.
Adults who are interested in being confirmed, i.e. received into the Episcopal Church, should speak to Kourtni Brown the Director of Christian Education.