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Confirmation at St. Stephens


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For information about youth confirmation classes, contact Father Ellsworth, fr.ellsworth@ststephenschurch.org

Confirmation is the sacrament whereby individuals, particularly those who were baptized as infants, are given the opportunity to claim for themselves the promises made on their behalf at baptism.  It is also the rite by which the church community recognizes a young person as an adult member of Christ's Church. Participation in classes, retreats, and liturgies is absolutely crucial for those considering confirmation. We believe that young people deserve to have adequate preparation and information regarding big life decisions...and the decision to accept the responsibilities of full adult membership in Christ's Church is a big decision!  For this reason, the participants in each confirmation class covenant with one another, making a mutual commitment to attend and support one another in all the events required in preparation for confirmation. Furthermore, faith is not a private affair... faith comes to maturity when it is nurtured in the context of a family as well as a faith community. We are all on a life-long faith journey. For that reason, we require parents of potential confirmands to attend their own "adult faith commitment" class concurrent with the youth confirmation class.  We also require that each potential confirmand select a sponsor, a confirmed member of the Christian Church (perhaps an older youth or young adult in the congregation, or a close family friend) who will support them in this important leg of their faith journey. Sponsors must be available to attend a few key events in the confirmation process. Contact the Rector, Father Ellsworth at fr.ellsworth@ststephenschurch.org or (415) 435-4501 Ext. 11 for more information, or to register for our next confirmation classes.
The Confirmation and Baptismal Covenant
(Based on the Apostles' Creed)

Celebrant:
Do you believe in God the Father?

People:
I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.

Celebrant:
Do you believe in Jesus Christ, the Son of God?

People:
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord.
He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again. He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again to judge the living and the dead.

Celebrant:
Do you believe in God the Holy Spirit?

People:
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting.

Celebrant:
Will you continue in the apostles' teaching and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in the prayers?

People:
I will, with God's help.

Celebrant:
Will you persevere in resisting evil, and, whenever you fall into sin, repent and return to the Lord.

People:
I will, with God's help.  

Celebrant:
Will you proclaim by word and example the Good News of God In Christ?
 
People:
I will, with God's help.

Celebrant:
Will you seek and serve Christ In all persons, loving your neighbor as yourself?
 
People:
I will, with God's help.

Celebrant:
Will you strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being?

People:
I will, with God's help.