Confirmation Program Information
Renew in these your servants the covenant you made with them at their Baptism.– The Book of Common Prayer, page 418
Our Confirmation program prepares interested 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 for the Holy Spirit to empower and sustain him or her.
Overview and Curriculum
The goal of our Confirmation program is to deepen the faith of our 8th-grade youth and to be present with them as they progress on their journey toward spiritual maturity. The lessons for our regular classes will come from the Alpha Youth program. This program engages students in an exploration of their faith in a safe atmosphere, where questions are not only accepted, but 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 Holy Communion), 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.
Parents of confirmands are expected to attend four events during the year with the rector, Marek Zabriskie, to encourage them as spiritual role models and help them deepen their own faith.
The cost for the 2020-21 Confirmation program year is $250 per student and can be paid online at the time of registration or via check.
2020-21 Program Calendar
This year, our confirmation program will run from late September through early May. In general, classes will meet on Sunday afternoons from 2:30-4pm (on Zoom, if not in-person) and will be taught by our children’s & families minister, Abby VanderBrug, and youth minister, Lauren Johnson, with special guests throughout the year.
Below is please find the schedule for Confirmation classes. The date for the Confirmation service itself will be announced when we are notified by the bishops’ office.
Adults interested in being Confirmed or Received or in Reaffirming their faith can contact the Rev. Dr. Cheryl McFadden for more information.
- Sunday, September 20, 2:30pm
- Sunday, October 4, 2:30pm
- Sunday, October 18, 2:30pm
- Sunday, November 1, 2:30pm
- Sunday, November 15, 2:30pm
- Sunday, December 6, 2:30pm
- Sunday, December 13, 2:30pm
- Sunday, January 10, 2:30pm
- Sunday, January 24, 2:30pm
- Sunday, February 21, 2:30pm
- Sunday, March 7, 2:30pm
- Friday, April 25, 2:30pm
- Sunday, May 2, 2:30pm