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Confirmation with Bishop French

September 15 @ 10:15 am - 11:30 am

Bishop Sally French will celebrate with us at our 10:15 AM service and will confirm, receive, and reaffirm youth and adults into the Episcopal tradition of the Christian faith.  If you would like to be received or confirmed, please contact Reverend Valerie (canonballing@stpetersmedford.org) as soon as possible, as some instruction is required.  We will celebrate our 150th anniversary as a congregation of the Diocese of NJ, too! There will be a reception following the service.


Info: There are certain rites that only a bishop can perform, including confirmation, reception and reaffirmation. Confirmation is the sacramental rite in which the candidates “express a mature commitment to Christ, and receive strength from the Holy Spirit through prayer and the laying on of hands by a bishop” (BCP, p. 860). Those who were baptized at an early age and those baptized as adults without laying on of hands by a bishop are expected to make a mature public affirmation of their faith, recommit themselves to the responsibilities of their baptism, and receive laying on of hands by a bishop (BCP, p. 412). Adults baptized with the laying on of hands by a bishop are considered to be confirmed. Reception is for Baptized persons who have been members of another Christian fellowship and who wish to be affiliated with the Episcopal Church may make a public affirmation of their faith and commitment to the responsibilities of their baptism in the presence of a bishop. Candidates for reception normally have made a mature commitment in another Christian fellowship. Reaffirmation is for those persons already baptized who are presented to the bishop in the context of a service of Baptism or Confirmation to reaffirm their baptismal vows. These might be persons returning to the church after a period of unbelief or those who have entered a new level of spiritual life. The BCP does not specify who these persons are, and a variety of interpretation exists.




September 15
10:15 am - 11:30 am