Confirmation

Renew in these your servants the covenant you have made with them at their Baptism. Send them forth in the power of that Spirit to perform the service you have set before them; through Jesus Christ your son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

From the Bishop’s Prayer for Candidates, Book of Common Prayer, p. 418
 
In the course of Christian formation, those baptized at an early age are expected — when they are ready and have been appropriately prepared — to make a mature public affirmation of faith and commitment to the responsibilities of their Baptism, and to receive laying on of hands by the bishop. Confirmation is an intentional choice to deepen relationship with God through mature membership and increased participation in the church community. For youth being confirmed, confirmation often marks the point at which one moves into spiritual adulthood, usually in late middle school or in high school. The Diocese of California recommends confirmation at age 14 and older, and considers age 12 to be the minimum age for youth confirmation.

 

Confirmation Preparation Resources

A time of learning, prayer and discernment should precede confirmation. The Diocese of California recommends these programs available online for purchase which provide structured resources, guidance, and activities for confirmation preparation:

Adults

  • Your Faith, Your Life: This guide for newcomers and confirmands unpacks the Episcopal Church’s language of worship, theology, church structure, and sacraments, giving readers vocabulary and framework to share their beliefs and practices, explore the Bible, pratcie prayer and discern their ministries within the church.

Youth

  • My Faith, My Life: An inexpensive, downloadable companion guide and study program to accompany the book of the same name on confirmation for teens.
  • Confirm not Conform: An intensive and creative year-long confirmation mentoring program originating in the Diocese of California, now used nationwide.
  • Sealed and Sent Forth: Leader Resources’ confirmation program, intended to work with Journey to Adulthood (J2A).
  • I will with God’s help: A flexible program that can be adapted to a six or twelve week confirmation preparation, available from Church Publishing.
     

Procedures for Requesting Confirmation

Confirmation is available when the bishop makes parochial visits and at Beloved Community Confirmation, EcoConfirmation and General Confirmation.

For parochial confirmation, Beloved Community, EcoConfirmation, and General Confirmation pleace contact Caren Miles, Associate for Faith Formation, carenm@diocal.org, 415.869.7815

 

Diocesan Youth Confirmation Retreat

Friday, May 5 through Sunday, May 7, 2017

Location: St. Dorothy’s Rest, Camp Meeker

More details to come in January.


EcoConfirmation — a gathering for justice and renewal

Saturday, May 20, 2017 — time and location TBA

An outdoor service, participants at EcoConfirmation will uphold their baptismal vow to “cherish the wondrous works of God, and protect the beauty and integrity of all creation.”  Together, the community will recommit itself to the fifth mark of mission (http://www.episcopalchurch.org/page/five-marks-mission)  “to strive to safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and renew the life of the earth.”


General Confirmation at Grace Cathedral
Saturday, June 3, 2017, 10 a.m.
Grace Cathedral, San Francisco
 

Beloved Community Confirmation
Saturday, November 4, 2017, time TBA
St. Augustine's, Oakland

Beloved Community confirmation celebrates multiculturalism in our community and  embraces people of all backgrounds as part of the body of Christ. Be confirmed or reaffirm your baptismal vows at this spirited event.
 

Participation in General Confirmation requires advanced registration

General Confirmation online sign up form
 

EcoConfirmation online sign up form