If you wish to be confirmed or received in the Episcopal Church, this class is your preparation. If you are new to the Episcopal Church and you just want to know more, this class is for you, too. And many long-time Episcopalians find this class an interesting and helpful refresher course. Find out more about what it means to be confirmed, received, and reaffirmed here.
If you are a young person who is considering confirmation, you will prepare with others your age. Please be in touch with Michael Sweeney to learn more about youth confirmation at St. Stephen's.
Adult Inquirers Classes are held three times each year.
FALL: Wednesdays, 6:30-8 p.m. starting September 30, 2015
WINTER: Sundays, 10:15-11:00 a.m. (Date TBD)
SPRING: Wednesdays, 6:30-8 p.m. (Date TBD)
Please contact Janet Allen with questions or to sign up: phone 804.288.2867, ext. 305; or email.
2015 Bishop's Visit for Confirmation, Reception and Reaffirmation for those who have attended a class: Sunday, May 17, 2015
The Inquirers Class is a class based on questions:
+ What do I have to believe to be a Christian?
+ What does it mean to be “saved”?
+ Who gets to go to heaven?
+ What about people who are from different religious traditions or who are atheists?
+ What do Episcopalians believe about the Bible?
+ What is Baptism all about?
+ Do I have to believe everything in the creeds?
+ Was Jesus really God, or was he just a great and inspired teacher?
+ Do Episcopalians believe that Christ is really present in Communion, or is Communion just a symbol?
+ How does prayer work? Does it really make sense to ask God for things to happen a certain way?
+ Why do some people cross themselves, and when do they do it?
+ Why do the ministers wear the robes they do during services? Is all of that fuss really in the spirit of Christ?
These are just some of the questions that make for fascinating discussion. Any question is fair game, and dealing with our real questions is an important part of arriving at a real faith. The history behind some of the answers will surprise you, and your own capacity to handle these questions with integrity and faith might well inspire you. Join the clergy for this seven-week course on the basics of Christianity and the richness of Anglicanism and the Episcopal Church.