This Sunday, April 28, we begin our Inquirers / Confirmation class. This class is for all adults and youth, not just those presently seeking confirmation. It will help form the spiritual life of anyone curious about our church, faith, Christianity, or the Episcopal tradition. Come one, come all! The class will meet in Emmaus Hall from 9:30 – 10:15 a.m. Younger children should go to the Sunday school rooms on the south hall of the parish building for their formation programs.
Topics for the Inquirers / Confirmation Class are as follows:
April 28: The Liturgical Year
Sunday and the Christian Week
Easter, the feast of feasts
Times and seasons
Significance of the calendar for Christian life
May 5: The Prayer Book and Liturgical Worship
What is liturgy?
The place of liturgy in the Christian life
The Prayer Book as our liturgical book
“The way we pray establishes the way we believe”
May 12: The Pastoral Offices
The Celebration and Blessing of a Marriage
The Reconciliation of Penitents
Ministration to the Sick
The Burial of the Dead
May 19: The Eucharist
The liturgy of the Word of God
The liturgy of the Holy Communion
Its central place in theology and practice
May 26: Reading the Holy Bible
Daily Office lectionary
Sunday Eucharistic lectionary
Other strategies for purposeful study of scripture
June 2: The Sacraments of Christian Initiation
The central place of baptism in Christian life
The theology of the baptismal liturgy
The place of confirmation in the process
June 9: The Daily Offices
Morning and Evening prayer as public services
Noonday Prayer and Compline
The office as a model for private prayer
June 16: The Church at Worship
What does the prayer book tell us about worship?
What does the prayer book tell us about the church?
How can we share this with others?
Makeup/catch-up sessions will be offered each Tuesday for those unable to attend the Sunday class. In addition to the scheduled topics listed above, there will be a daily review and discussion of one or more topics from the Episcopal catechism, “An Outline of the Faith” (BCP, 843-62).
The class will be facilitated by Father Bolle and Chuck McDonnell. If you have any questions, please let them know.