Getting to Know Your Church
A series about the intricacies of our Episcopal Christian Faith Tradition is being offer on Sundays throughout April at 9:30 am Adult Continuing Christian Education. The series will consist of four Sundays which are required for those seeking Confirmation and Reception into the Episcopal Church. Our Bishop will be with us to celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation and Receive into the Episcopal Church those
Confirmed in other Christian faith expressions.
Confirmation is simply the Sacrament of confirming the promises made at our baptism. It is a public witness of a mature decision to follow Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. All baptized Christians 15 years of age and older are welcome to participate in this Sacrament. Also, through the Sacrament of Confirmation one becomes an Episcopalian Christian.
Another way of becoming an Episcopalian Christian is by being Received into the Episcopal Church if one is already Confirmed in another Christian faith expression. Only those Confirmed in the Episcopal Church and Received into the Episcopal Church are members of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church.
This has been hazy in years past. All people are welcome to participate in Episcopal churches. All people are welcome at God’s Altar of Love to receive the Sacrament of Holy Eucharist. Yet, there are necessary steps to be a member of the Episcopal Church (as with any organization).
And, there is another level of membership in the Episcopal Church. To be a member in good standing one must be: Confirmed or Received into the Episcopal Church, attend worship and receive Holy Communion at least twice a year, and be a financial giver of record. These are not my personal qualifications. These are from the (national) Episcopal Church. Even so, they make total sense to me. If a person belongs to an organization to which they feel is extremely important for their lives, they will naturally invest themselves in the life of that organization.
So, now you have it. To serve as Vestry person or in another capacity of leadership at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, a person must be either Confirmed in the Episcopal Church or Received into the Episcopal Church. While are all people are extremely valuable to God and God’s Church and welcome to participate in the life of St. Paul’s, leadership is reserved for those who are Episcopalians. It just makes sense.
IF YOU ARE CURIOUS about the intricacies of the Episcopal Church or DESIRE TO EXPLORE CONFIRMATION OR RECEPTION, PLEASE CONTACT FATHER JOHN and COME to the Sunday class: GETTING TO KNOW YOUR CHURCH.
If you want a jump start, begin reading: JESUS WAS AN EPISCOPALIAN
(and you can be one too) by Chris Yaw.
It’s a great tongue-in-cheek intro to our Christian Episcopal faith.
I look forward to seeing you this Sunday.