Confirmation & Inquirer’s Classes

Confirmation Classes
What is Confirmation? When a member of the Episcopal Church stands before his or her bishop, the representative of the apostles, declares the intention to live as a Christian and the bishop lays his or her hands on that person in blessing and welcome. It is expected that all members over 16 will stand for Confirmation. To prepare, a series of classes are given, usually 4 2-hour classes. The preparation is to ensure that those who stand before the bishop fully understand the commitment they are making and are prepared to make the promises to the bishop that are part of the process.

Confirmation classes are open to all. The classes examine what it means to live a Christian life and provide the opportunity for mature reflection on the commitments of the Baptismal Covenant.

When a series of classes is planned, they will be listed on the Trinity calendar and in the Trinity Tribune (our monthly newsletter) as well as in our weekly bulletin.

Trinity 101 and Inquirer’s Classes
These classes are intended to welcome newcomers (inquirers) to the Episcopalian faith, the national Episcopal Church, the Diocese and to Trinity Church. Everyone is welcome and frequently seasoned members discover as much as newcomers. The sessions cover worship services, Christian formation, outreach and mission, volunteer opportunities and stewardship. They are recommended for everyone with a serious interest in Trinity Church.

When a series of classes is planned, they will be listed on the Trinity calendar and in the Trinity Tribune (our monthly newsletter) as well as in our weekly bulletin.

What does “Member” mean?
Member” of Trinity means that a person has been baptized at Trinity Church or registered their baptism in another faith at Trinity Church or transferred their membership from another Episcopal Church to Trinity Church. Being a “Member” is not necessary for full participation in every aspect of worship and parish life except serving at the altar during communion (you can take communion) and being a member of the Vestry, the governing body of Trinity Church.

Baptism is …
Baptism is the sacrament of initiation into membership in the Body of Christ, the church. The outward sign is the pouring on of water or immersion in the name of the Trinity. The inward grace is new life, death to sin and rising with Christ. Episcopalians baptize infants. The church family and the parents commit to the child’s spiritual guidance until they are old enough to accept responsibility (usually at Confirmation). Children, youth and adults can also be baptized if they have not been baptized before to their knowledge. All baptized Christians can take communion. Unbaptized people may receive a blessing at communion. You are a member of the church in which you are baptized.

The Baptismal Covenant as contained the 1979 Book of Common Prayer