St. James and St. Paul’s parishes are looking forward to collaborating once again in preparation for the pastoral rite of Confirmation. Confirmation in the Episcopal Church is offered by the bishop, and each deanery is assigned dates for their celebration. This program year (2017-2018), the clergy of St. James in Groveland and St. Paul’s in North Andover will be offering this preparation together throughout the winter and early spring of 2018, culminating in a deanery-wide Confirmation service at St. Paul’s in North Andover on Saturday, April 14th, 2018.
We have a smaller group this winter, and so our preparation is going to reflect that! We have chosen to condense our preparation into 2.5 months, so participation will be doubly important. Coordinating schedules and availability will always be a challenge (even among your clergy!), so we ask with good faith that families prioritize this hard-won time we have together to connect, learn, think, wonder and pray. (Yes, we have tried to avoid major playoff times as well 😊)
Our schedule will begin with an Orientation for parents and confirmands on January 21, 2018 at 12 noon at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, North Andover. The rest of the schedule for meetings is as follows, with all our meetings taking place at St. Paul’s in North Andover.
- January 21, 12 noon- 1:30 pm Parent and Participant Orientation
- February 4, 12 noon – 2 pm
- February 11, 12 noon – 2 pm
- February 25, 12 noon – 2 pm
- March 4, 12 noon – 2 pm
- March 11, 12 noon – 2 pm
- March 16-17, Pre-Confirmation Retreat at the Barbara C. Harris Center (Friday afternoon to Saturday late afternoon)
- April 8 (Saturday): Final Preparation and Family Celebration
- April 14 (Saturday): Confirmation, time TBD (probably 10 am)
All meetings following church on Sunday will have lunch provided.
Confirmation is a great gift allowing us to continue into God’s ever-changing journey with us in grace, through faith. God adopted us at Baptism, inviting us into intentional relationship with God through Jesus Christ; in Baptism, families agreed to help that child learn about God and enter into that relationship through their early formation, until they were ready to claim it as their own. Now, we take on all those promises made, and try to live into them as fully as we can within the faith community, always trusting that God will be there to help us or challenge us along the way.
If you have any questions with regard to our confirmation program, please contact the Reverend Kit Lonergan via email: firstname.lastname@example.org.