Confirmation 2017

 Catechism/Confirmation Class Schedule – 2017: 

Modified (3-10-17)

Except where specifically noted; all classes will be on Sundays from 10:15-11:30 A.M. in the Church at St. Andrew’s. You may bring snacks & drinks into the class. Take special note to all the class schedules and locations. 

The Confirmation Eucharist Service for the 2017 St. Andrew’s Confirmands will be held at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Lappans, at the Regional Episcopal Churches Great Vigil of Easter. Service begins at 7:00 p.m.

 Outline & Schedule

1st Session – January 29th: FOUNDATION. Is belief in God Rational? Is Jesus who he said He is

2nd Session – February 5th: WHOLENESS – THE WAY OUT OF CHAOS. How can I be sure my Church is teaching me the truth?

3rd Session – February 12th: THE LORD’S OWN SERVICE: The Holy Eucharist, The Great Gift. Part I. The Service of the Word: Preparation.

4th Session – February 19th: THE LORD’S OWN SERVICE. The Great Gift, Part II. The Four Great Actions. 

[Ash Wednesday March 1st. – Lent Begins.] 

5th Session – February 26th: GETTING A HANDLE ON THE CHURCH’S WONDERFUL BOOK. The Book of Common Prayer. How we got it and how to use it.

6th Session – March 12th: BRINGING THE PHYSICAL INTO THE ACT OF WORSHIP. Ceremony; Physical Aids to Worship; The Church building; Music & Musical Instruments.

7th Session – March 19th: THE SEASONS OF THE CHURCH YEAR. The Church’s Radar Screen. How to find the prayers and readings.  APOSTOLIC MINISTRY and THE STRUCTURE OF THE CHURCH. Bishops, Priests, and Deacons. Where they come from, and what they do. 

 8th Session – SATURDAY – April 1st. – 6:00 p.m.: Confirmands will assist Fr. Steve at the Monthly Worship & Healing Service – Holly Place Assisted Living, S. Potomac Street, Hagerstown, Maryland. Following the service; the Confirmands are invited to join Fr. Steve and others at Bob Evan’s Restaurant, Valley Mall, for food; fellowship, and discussion on the ministry experience at Holly Place.

9th Session – SATURDAY – April 8th: – (Road Trip):  Annual pre-Holy Week pilgrimage to the Outdoor Stations of the Cross. National Shrine Grottoes of the Lourdes, Mt. Saint Mary’s College, Emmitsburg, Maryland  10:00 A.M.  Please be at the Grotto Visitor Center/Gift Shop no later than 9:50 A.M. 

The main resource used by Fr. Steve for teaching the Catechism/Confirmation classe: “Whole Christianity” by The Rev. Hugh C. Edsall.   Other resources will be given credit during the course of the class lectures and schedule.

Confirmation Class Format:

Lecture – Video – Self-Guided Reading – Handouts – Classroom Participation

Message from Father Steve+:  “All (Not only Confirmands.) are welcome to participate in these Cathechism/Confirmation Classes. In fact; I encourage everyone, even those who are already Confirmed, to attend these classes. Many people at St. Andrew’s tell me how much they continue to learn about the Church in these classes, and that is the reason they return year after year. I quarantee that all will come away from these classes (Even those who have been here 100 years.) learning something about the Episcopal/Anglican Church that you never new!”