Fr. Jeff & the Lintners
A big congratulations go to the Lintner family, who were all either confirmed or reaffirmed in their faith this past Sunday at the Cathedral of St. Philip. Chris, Jackie, James, Grace, Kathryn, and Fr. Jeff all traveled up to Atlanta through the snow flurries to participate in the huge service, where over 200 people were either baptized, confirmed, received, or reaffirmed.
The Lintners have participated all year in the Episcopal 101 class, which is our monthly gathering of inquirer’s, newcomers, and those who just want to learn more about the Episcopal church, and now are official members of St. Nicholas! We are very proud of them, as they are all gifts to our congregation!
At St. Nicholas, there are many ways to become a member:
THROUGH BAPTISM: The Episcopal Church considers that anyone who has been baptized with water in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, in any church or denomination, is welcomed as a baptized member of the Episcopal Church. Children as well as adults may be baptized. If you’d like to be baptized, please see Fr. Jeff.
THROUGH TRANSFER: Those who have already been baptized may become members by transferring from another church or denomination. This is usually accomplished by a letter of transfer. You may contact your former church and request that your letter be transferred to St. Nicholas.
THROUGH CONFIRMATION: Adult baptized members become confirmed members through the Sacrament of Confirmation, which involves prayers and the laying on of hands by an Episcopal Bishop. To be confirmed at St. Nicholas, we ask that you attend 9 out of 12 of our monthly Episcopal 101 classes. If you cannot attend them, you can make arrangements with Fr. Jeff to schedule other classes.
THROUGH BEING RECEIVED: Those who have been confirmed in another denomination may become a Confirmed Communicant of the Episcopal Church by Reception. The requirements for this are the same as one being confirmed.
The gathered congregation on Sunday in the Cathedral. Picture by John Mark Parker, Christ Church, Macon.
If you would like to be confirmed or received in the Episcopal Church, the 2011 dates for confirmation at the Cathedral are April 10 and December 11 at 4:00pm. Also, you may choose to be confirmed or received when the Bishop comes to visit St. Nicholas. This year, Bishop Whitmore is visiting St. Nicholas on June 19.
If you have any questions about membership, Episcopal 101, or confirmations, please contact Fr. Jeff.