Dear All Saints:
Looking ahead to spring (and who doesn’t want to do that?!), All Saints will welcome our diocesan bishop not once, but twice in the coming months! On March 13, the Rt. Rev. Carlye J. Hughes will make her regular visitation to All Saints. According to the Constitution & Canons of the Episcopal Church, a bishop’s visitation is required every three years. Bishop Hughes was last with us in 2019, so we are right on schedule.
Then in May, we will host the bishop once again, along with others from around the diocese, for the rite of Confirmation. According to the Book of Common Prayer
In the course of their Christian development, those baptized at an early age are expected, when they are ready and have been duly prepared, to make a mature public affirmation of their faith and commitment to the responsibilities of their Baptism and to receive the laying on of hands by the bishop. (p. 412)
In this diocese, Confirmation is available to any baptized member who is in 8th grade or above (there is no upper age limit!). Note that there is a requirement for those seeking Confirmation to be “duly prepared.”
Two other rites often take place in the same service with Confirmation. The Reaffirmation of Baptismal Vows is appropriate for those returning to the church after a time away or a period of unbelief, or for those who are experiencing a significant renewal of their faith. Reception is for those baptized persons who have been members of another Christian fellowship and now wish to be affiliated with the Episcopal Church.
If you or someone in your family is interested in Confirmation, Reaffirmation, or Reception, please contact the parish office so that we can arrange to schedule classes. We will attempt to make it mutually convenient for anyone who signs up. Given that these rites rarely occur at one’s home parish, it would be a shame to miss out on this opportunity to renew your Christian commitment among your All Saints family on Saturday, May 14 at 10:00 a.m.!
Blessings as this New Year unfolds before us,