Confirmation and Reception
Confirmation for Youth and Adults
Confirmation in the Episcopal Church is a time when those who were baptized at an early age make a mature affirmation of the baptismal promises once made on their behalf. During a time of preparation, candidates for Confirmation learn about such things as church history, prayer, and Christian spirituality and beliefs. But most of all, this holy time of preparation allows us a time to reflect on our relationship with God and God’s purposes for our lives.
At St. Michael’s, youth confirmation runs from September through February. We use an innovative curriculum called “Confirm not Conform”. Confirmation classes for adults run during the season of Lent leading up to Easter, usually February – March. The process culminates when the Bishop lays hands on the head of each confirmand on the Sunday at which he makes his annual parish visitation in the Spring. Specific dates for classes and confirmation vary each year. Please call the church office for registration information: 913-236-8600.
Frequently asked questions:
Do I need to be baptized to be confirmed?
Yes. Confirmation is affirms the baptismal promises. Youth and adult confirmation classes may also be used as a time to prepare for baptism.
What if I was confirmed in another denomination?
If you were confirmed in another Christian tradition in the historic Apostolic Succession – Lutheran, Roman Catholic, Orthodox, or Moravian churches – your confirmation need not be repeated. Other Protestant denominations have a slightly different understanding of Confirmation.
What if I was confirmed in another church but I am new to the Episcopal Church?
Confirmation is also a great class for those who want to be received into the Episcopal Church from another Christian tradition.
What other reason might I enjoy the process of Confirmation?
Any life-changing event such as marriage, the death of a spouse, loss of a job, retirement, or a new-found sense of faith, can all be good reasons for undertaking a time of intentional study. As with Confirmation, this process of reaffirmation will culminate when the Bishop lays hands on your head during his annual visitation.