Dear Trinity family,
Over the years, there have been several tweaks to membership requirements at Trinity. This has caused some confusion over the years. I will often field questions from newcomers like: “If I am baptized does that make me a member of Trinity?” “What is confirmation?” “How is confirmation different from membership?” “Can I be a member without being confirmed?” “Why do I need to be confirmed if I went to the membership class already?” These are all really great questions! These questions have prompted me to seek a way to simplify our membership and confirmation process at Trinity. At the same time, the College of Bishops of the Anglican Church in North America (our denomination) has recently provided some much-needed clarification around confirmation and membership.
Moving forward, all new members will be received into the Anglican Church with the apostolic laying on of hands by the Bishop once per year. If someone has made an adult profession of faith in Christ in any church (Baptist, Methodist, Non-denominational), they will be received into the Anglican Church. Confirmation will be reserved for those who have never made an adult profession of faith. This new approach will have no impact on those who are already members of Trinity. If you have been a member of Trinity, then you are still a member of Trinity! However, if you would like to re-affirm your faith and receive the laying on of hands from the Bishop, you are more than welcome to participate.
So what does this mean practically for the membership & confirmation process at Trinity? Three things:
- Each Lent we will offer a Membership & Confirmation Class for adults. This course will consist of five one-hour sessions, plus an individual meeting with a priest. Youth will have a separate course to prepare them for confirmation.
- During the Bishop’s annual visit after Lent, everyone who has completed the course will be received as a member of Trinity in the Anglican Church with the apostolic laying on of hands or confirmed with the laying on of hands.
- Once an adult has had the Bishop lay hands on them, they will be a full member of Trinity and the Anglican Church. That’s it!
My hope and prayer is that this will bring greater clarity and deeper discipleship for those who are joining Trinity and professing faith in Jesus as Lord and Savior. As always, I am happy to answer any questions or concerns you may have. Feedback is always welcome!