Confirmation Program Information
enewin these your servants the covenant you made with them at their Baptism. -The Book of Common Prayer, page 418
Our Confirmation program prepares interested 7th and 8th grade students for the rite of Confirmation, a liturgy in which baptized Christians affirm their faith and make a mature, public commitment to a life in Christ. Each spring, candidates for Confirmation come before the bishop to renew the promises that parents and godparents made on their behalf at their baptism. The bishop lays hands on the head of each confirmand in turn, praying to God for the Holy Spirit to empower and sustain them.
Overview and Curriculum
The goal of our Confirmation program is to deepen the faith of our 7th and 8th grade youth and to be present with them as they progress on their journey toward spiritual maturity. The lessons for our regular classes come from a confirmation curriculum called Confirm Not Conform, a program recognized nationally for its excellence in spiritual formation. This program focuses on engaging students in an examination and testing of their faith in a safe atmosphere, where questions and doubt are not only OK, they are encouraged. Additionally, the course will cover some basic elements of our common life in the church: the sacraments (with a special focus on Baptism and the Eucharist), the Bible, The Book of Common Prayer and the Anglican/Episcopal tradition, as well as an emphasis on Christian life within the church and in the world. Students are also required to complete a number of service hours within Christ Church Greenwich ministries and in service of the broader community. The cost for the 2016-2017 Confirmation program year is $100 per student and can be paid online at the time of registration.
2016-2017 Program Calendar
This year, our confirmation program will run from late September through early May. In general, classes will meet in the Chapel on Sunday afternoons from 1:00-2:30 pm and will be taught by our Curate, The Rev’d Andrew Moore.
Below are the confirmed dates for Confirmation classes, events, as well as volunteer opportunities that can count toward the required number of service hours. We are still waiting to hear about a final date for the Confirmation service itself in late May or early June.
Sunday, September 25 – Parent Meeting & Confirmation Class (1:00-3:00 pm)
Sunday, October 16 – Confirmation Class commissioning at morning service (9:15-10:15 am) & Confirmation Class (1:00-2:30 pm)
Saturday, October 29 – Neighbor to Neighbor Volunteer Opportunity (8:30 am – 12:30 pm)
Sunday, October 30 – Confirmation Class (1:00-2:30 pm)
Sunday, November 13 – Confirmation Class (1:00-2:30 pm)
Sunday, November 27 – Confirmation Class (1:00-2:30 pm)
Saturday, December 3 – Neighbor to Neighbor Volunteer Opportunity (8:30 am – 12:30 pm)
Saturday, December 10 – Inspirica Gingerbread House Event (time TBD)
Sunday, December 11 – Confirmation Class (1:00-2:30 pm)
Sunday, January 8 – Confirmation Class (1:00-2:30 pm)
Sunday, January 22 – Confirmation Class (1:00-2:30 pm)
Saturday, February 4 – Neighbor to Neighbor Volunteer Opportunity (8:30 am – 12:30 pm)
Sunday, February 5 – Confirmation Class (1:00-2:30 pm)
Sunday, February 26 – Confirmation Class (1:00-2:30 pm)
Tuesday, February 28 – Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper Volunteer Opportunity (4:30-7:30 pm)
Sunday, March 5 – Confirmation Class (1:00-2:30 pm)
Saturday, April 1 – Neighbor to Neighbor Volunteer Opportunity (8:30 am – 12:30 pm)
Sunday, April 2 – Confirmation Class (1:00-2:30 pm)
Wednesday, April 12 – The Way to the Cross: A Holy Week Experience for Youth (7:30 pm)
Sunday, April 30 – Confirmation Class (1:00-2:30 pm)
Sunday, May 7 – iConfirm Service for Confirmands, Sponsors and Families (6:00-7:30 pm)
Questions? Please contact The Rev’d Andrew Moore, Curate, 203.869.6600, x-15.