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.

 

Diocesan Youth Confirmation Retreat

Friday, May 5 through Sunday, May 7, 2017

St. Dorothy's Rest, 160 St. Dorothy Avenue, Camp Meeker

Come spend a few days in the redwoods with friends new and old. We will explore different ways to pray, play some games, talk about our faith, sing silly songs, have Eucharist together, and enjoy s’mores around a campfire.

The program will begin at 7 p.m. Friday, May 5 (please eat dinner before you arrive) and end after lunch on Sunday, May 7.

Cost: $150/per person. Scholarships available, contact Caren Miles, Associate for Faith Formation, carenm@diocal.org, 415.869.7815
Registration: https://diocal.wufoo.com/forms/ze3tytx17exzze/
Release form: http://diocal.org/sites/default/files/media/PDF%20Docs/Confirmation_retreat_registration.pdf (print out, sign, and bring to retreat)
Adult leader registrationhttps://diocal.wufoo.com/forms/confirmation-retreat-adult-leader/


 

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
 

EcoConfirmation

Saturday, May 20, 2017, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Golden Gate Overlook in the Presidio, officiated by The Most Reverend Michael B. Curry, Presiding Bishop

EcoConfirmation online sign up form

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: “to strive to safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and renew the life of the earth.”

Facebook event for EcoConfirmation — invite your friends!


General Confirmation at Grace Cathedral

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

General Confirmation online sign up form
 

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

  • Watch the diocesan calendar, DioBytes and Grow Up in Every Way for annual dates. 
  • One month before a Confirmation, please complete the corresponding online form to secure your registration. These forms are to be filled out by parishes, not individuals.