Confirmation is a sacrament whereby a youth affirms for him/herself the vows made by their Godparents at Baptism. It is also available for adults who have never been Confirmed or people from other denominations desiring to become fully part of the Episcopal Church. If an adult has been confirmed in another denomination, the ceremony of Reception takes place which recognizes the validity of their previous Confirmation, but also welcomes them officially into the Episcopal Church.
Regarding the preparation of youth, the Confirmation process has been reorganized. The process begins during Middle School with 7th and 8th graders participating in monthly trips to sites significant for their religious, cultural, or service oriented foci. These practical trips prepare them for deeper conversations and lessons beginning in the 9th grade. Confirmations are held at the Cathedral in Newark in the Spring and our classes will join the youth and adults of other churches in a large celebration.
Preparing adults for Confirmation or Reception is is done during a monthly series of meetings. The individual decides for her/himself when they feel ready.