Starting DATE: May 13, 2018
TIME: Sundays, 3:00 - 5:00 with light snacks provided;
PLACE: St. Charles
What is Confirmation? 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. One of the Anglican traditions is to baptize infants, allowing God’s grace to work in the child’s life. Confirmation then follows, as the person, reaching an age of spiritual maturity, publicly states their confession of Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord.
What is Reception? If a person has been baptized and confirmed in another denominational tradition, the prayer of reception, welcomes one into the Anglican fellowship, and the person receives a blessing in the Apostolic tradition, by a bishop.
What is Reaffirmation? Many times in a person’s spiritual journey, there are moments of realization: realizing again that one is a sinner, realizing again that one needs to repent of one’s sins before God, realizing again the release of sins through confession and the infilling of the Holy Spirit, realizing again God’s joy as one draws closer to Him through the exercise of one’s faith. All these and more are cause for spiritual celebration. Reaffirmation gives the blessing of a bishop to those wanting to receive it.
Why should I consider taking this class? Everyone is invited to come to the Confirmation/Reception/Reaffirmation class, which might also be considered as a newcomers’ class. There are distinctly Anglican differences that bring a deeper appreciation of the worship and life experiences within our church. In addition, the class prepares one to appear before the bishop for the reasons listed above. As you read the topics listed below, take a moment to pray, seeking the Holy Spirit’s guidance as to whether this invitation to be part of this class is for you. Each session is about 90 minutes. Some might end earlier. 15-20 minute break mid-session
5/13 Session One
- Bible History, or the history of God saving His people.
- Bible Foundation. This includes information about the development of the Bible to its present form.
- What does it mean for it to be the Word of God?
5/20 Session Two
- Church history. What does dusty, old history of church councils and heresies have to do with us today?
- Reformation Theology. Why do we believe the way we do, and why is it important to keep what we believe safe from corruption?
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6/3 Session Three
- Conversion. What does it mean to be a Christian?
6/10 Session Four
Sacraments, Liturgy, and Liturgical design. Why are we a sacramental, liturgical church? Why are the traditions of liturgy and preparing the altar important? (This may be an instructional Eucharist with Fr. Mike Boone, Rector, St. Charles, or a video presentation: Nuts and Bolts of Liturgy)
6/17 Session Five
Q & A’s, F.A.Q.’S, Resources for spiritual development within St. Charles and beyond (This may be a panel of clergy and parish leaders)
6/24 Session Six
The History of St. Charles. How did we get to be who and where we are today as St. Charles Anglican Parish? Also, what is the hierarchical design of the Anglican Church?
Please call the office to reserve your opportunity to participate in this class. 779-3524 OR email firstname.lastname@example.org