Preface to Confirmation
Anglicanism requires a public and personal profession of the Faith from every adult believer in Jesus Christ. Confirmation by a bishop is its liturgical expression. Confirmation is evident in Scripture: the Apostles prayed for, and laid their hands on those who had already been baptized (2 Timothy 1:6-7; Acts 8:14-17; 19:6).
In Confirmation, God, through the bishop’s prayer for daily increase in the Holy Spirit, strengthens the believer for Christian life in the service of Christ and his kingdom. Grace is God’s gift, and we pray that he will pour out his Holy Spirit on those who have already been made his children by adoption and grace in Baptism.
At the direction of the Bishop, and after public reaffirmation of their baptismal promises, those having made adult professions of faith in other Christian traditions (including those confirmed in other traditions) are received into the Anglican Church with prayer and the laying on of hands by a bishop.
Confirmed believers who are already members of this Church (including those received from other traditions as above, those returning to active Christian discipleship after lapse, and those experiencing a renewal of Christian commitment or significant life transition) may also reaffirm the pledges made to Christ and his Church with prayer and the laying on of hands by a bishop.
We hope this helps our members to work out if they are to be confirmed, received or reaffirmed on Sunday May 8th whenever Bishop Guernsey visits our Church.
Read more about DOMA confirmation policy here.
BIG celebration on April 17th as we finish our 5 year disaffiliation period. We will burn a copy of the agreement (Yea!) and enjoy a cook out with moon bounce and games outside after the 10:30am service.
Also Trophies of Grace with be with us from Richmond. Six ladies will sing and testify about the Lords intervention in their lives.
First time guests will want to check the directions on our website. Not all online maps and directions have us recorded properly!
May 7th and 8th with Bishop John Guernsey of Anglican Diocese of mid-Atlantic. This is part two of our celebration with a welcome into the Anglican Church of North America. We will be one of 1,000 and growing congregations in the Anglican tradition and in fellowship with most Anglicans around the world, including the 20 or so congregations in Northern Virginia.
Meet the Bishop. We begin on Saturday 5/7 with a Q&A with the Bishop from 9am to noon.
The BIG party. Our formal celebration begins at 6pm in the evening with a concert featuring the ‘NiteHawks’ swing band! and a formal meal. Everything provided free but registration required for catering purposes. (Donations towards expenses always gratefully received)
Please help us by registering online at http://churchoftheword.app.rsvpify.com/
Former members and friends of our congregation who have walked with us through this struggle are strongly urged to attend and celebrate with us. More details will follow shortly.
We have several camps scheduled this summer!
Preschool Camp I, June 6-10
Teen Worship Boot Camp, June 20-24
Vacation Bible School, July 11-15. The theme is Cave Quest – “Following Jesus, the Light of the World” – Registration form available online or at the church. vbsregistration-1
Child Evangelism Fellowship 5 Day Club July 25-29
Preschool Camp II, August 15-19
Stay tuned for more details!
Have a heart for training up our little ones? Please consider serving in our camps to help make it an amazing experience for all! We are in need of volunteers for VBS and 5-Day club. Positions available include Group Leaders, Site Leaders, Childcare (for babies and toddlers of Volunteers), Snack Prep, and Decorations. Please contact Lauren Coleman, firstname.lastname@example.org, for an application.