Confirmation

Confirmation, Reception and Re-affirmation

Confirmation is a Liturgical and sacramental rite (ceremony) whereby a youth affirms for himself or herself the promises made by their sponsors, godparents and parents at Baptism. Confirmation is a public affirmation of one’s commitment to Jesus Christ.  It is also available for adults who have never been confirmed or persons from other denominations desiring to become members of the Episcopal Church and the world-wide Anglican Communion.

Reception is available for those who made a mature public affirmation of their faith, Confirmation or Dedication, at the hands of a bishop and who have been baptized with water and in the name of the Trinity and would like to re-affirm their vows as a member of the Episcopal Church.

Re-affirmation is the opportunity for members of the congregation to renew or reaffirm their Baptismal Covenant before the Bishop. Persons often elect to reaffirm their faith because they have returned to Church after a long absence, have had a spiritual awakening as a result of a personal experience, or are deepening their commitment to Jesus in the Church through an elected leadership position, a new ministry, etc.

Preparation

Classes are arranged each year for adults and young people in at least the 8th grade or above. They are then presented to the bishop for Confirmation/Reception/Re-affirmation during a large Diocesan wide liturgical celebration at Trinity & St. Philip's Cathedral in Newark, usually in the spring.  Confirmation classes begin in Epiphany (on or after Jan 6) and conclude in the early spring.

If you are interested in Confirmation/Reception/Re-Affirmation, please contact the parish office at 973-694-1026 or speak to the clergy directly.