The Episcopal Church is one branch of the spiritual path followed by all Christians – what the New Testament calls ὁδός,
“the Way” of Christ.
• Are you interested in diving deeper into the beliefs and practices and community of the Episcopal church? We invite any members of the parish to take part.
• Are you exploring becoming a full member of the Episcopal church? At the conclusion of the class those wishing to do so will participate in the Diocesan Confirmation Service at Washington National Cathedral on May 14, 2016.
Confirmation classes will begin Wednesday, February 24 and will continue on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month (March 9 & 30, April 13 & 27, and May 11). Each week we will gather together for the new Wednesday evening worship service at 6:30, followed by an hour and fifteen minutes of exploration and discussion.
We also will participate in all of the worship services of Holy Week and Easter together as a group, particularly Maundy Thursday (March 24), Good Friday (March 25), The Great Vigil of Easter (March 26), and Easter Sunday (March 27). You will be provided a written “Guide to Holy Week” and we will make time for questions and discussions about each service.
The class has been organized by our Formation Team: Jessie Brewster-Marquez, Brian Crane, and Wayne Floyd, along with several other members of the parish laity and clergy.
TAKING YOUR PLACE IN THE CHURCH.
What is confirmation? What does it mean to “join the Church”?
WHAT MAKES THE EPISCOPAL CHURCH DISTINCTIVE? How do
Episcopalians know who we are? What is unique about the Episcopal “Way”?
HOLY WEEK AND EASTER.
WORSHIP: WORD, SACRAMENT AND HOLY EUCHARIST.
Why do we worship the way we do? Take Eucharist Weekly?
Have music in worship?
THE BOOK OF COMMON PRAYER. What is the role of the Prayer Book?
For our worship on Sundays? For individuals and families
For special life events?
THE THREE-LEGGED STOOL: SCRIPTURE, TRADITION, REASON.
What role does the Bible play? What is “tradition”?
Why is reason so important?
BECOMING “THE BODY OF CHRIST” IN THE WORLD.
How does faith shape the way we live?
How can being an Episcopalian make a difference in your life?