Adult Sunday School is on a break until the fall.
Confirmation is when the Church prepares and welcomes new members into the Episcopal Church. Although, everyone is welcome to fully participate in worship and the life of the Church, members are able to run for vestry (our governing board), and vote in vestry elections. The Bishop of the Diocese of Southwest Virginia comes to our parish every 18 months to confirm new members, and confirmation classes are offered in the months prior to the Bishop's visit.
A while ago a class called Episcopal 101 was offered that served a trifold purpose. First, it was meant as an inquirers class that would satisfy any curiosity someone might have about the Episcopal Church. Second, it can served to prepare someone for confirmation if the candidate attends every class and reads a short text on their own. Third, it also served as an opportunity to freshen up episco-skills if you are a longtime Episcopalian, but are a bit rusty on the difference between a cassock and a chasuble. There was tremendous participation in the past. Consider joining future classes, and please feel free to pick and choose what classes you would like to attend as each one is independent.
Episcopal 101 will be roughly following the book Your Faith Your Life: An Invitation to the Episcopal Church, and there will be a total of six classes. The class may appeal to you for a variety of reasons, and it will be open to anyone regardless of their membership status or the reason they would like to attend. One purpose of this class is to prepare people for confirmation or reception to the Episcopal Church. If you are serious about exploring a commitment to the Episcopal Church this is the perfect place to start. You may even be given a copy of the book to show that we are invested in your spiritual discernment in this Church. If you are curious about the Episcopal Church and are not sure if you want to make a commitment then this class is for you too. Though confirmation is an option it is by no means expected if you are not ready for that jump. If you are a life-long Episcopalian and want to touch up on your Church History, Liturgy or Church polity then this class is for you too. You are welcome to come to every class or pick a couple that interest you. However, if you are planning to be confirmed we ask that you plan on attending all of the classes.
Also, just a small note of preparing for the class. Don’t. Let’s dive into these subjects together with a blank slate. Once the basics are covered in the class you are highly encouraged to read the corresponding chapters after class. After you read you may have questions on material in the book that we did not cover in class, which we can address in the beginning of the following class.
10:00 AM: Holy Eucharist, Rite II
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