Catechism/Confirmation Class Schedule 2018

Catechism/Confirmation Class Schedule – 2018:  

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. There is an expectation that the Confirmands will not be absent from any class sessions, however, unforeseen circumstances (illness/family emergency) will be excused.

The Confirmation Eucharist Service for the 2018 St. Andrew’s Confirmands will be held at St. Andrew’s Clear Spring, on Sunday, June, 3rd, 9:00 a.m. The Right Reverend Chilton Knudsen, Assistant Bishop of Maryland, will be the Celebrant.

Outline & Schedule

[Ash Wednesday – February 14th. – Lent Begins.] 

1st Session – February 18th: FOUNDATION. Is belief in God Rational? Is Jesus who he said He is? 

2nd Session – February 25th: WHOLENESS – THE WAY OUT OF CHAOS. How can I be sure my Church is teaching me the truth?

3rd Session – March 11th: THE LORD’S OWN SERVICE: The Holy Eucharist, The Great Gift. Part I. The Service of the Word: Preparation.

4th Session – March 18th: THE LORD’S OWN SERVICE. The Great Gift, Part II. The Four Great Actions. 

5th Session – March 25th *(Following the Annual Palm Sunday Breakfast & Egg Hunt): 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 – April 7. – 10:00 a.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 The Hagerstown Diner Restaurant, Dual Highway, for food; fellowship, and discussion on the ministry experience at Holly Place.

7th Session – April 8th (2 hours): BRINGING THE PHYSICAL INTO THE ACT OF WORSHIP. Ceremony; Physical Aids to Worship; The Church building; Music & Musical Instruments.  The 6th. Session will close with Benediction.

8th Session – April 15th: 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. 

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 

Assisting with Pastoral Ministry (Holly Place)

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!”