Christian Formation
First Communion at St. Barnabas

At St. Barnabas, Christian Formation is an important part of our life together. We offer Baptism, Confirmation and 1st Communion preparation. If you have any questions or would like to talk to the Rector about any of our formation series, don’t hesitate to call the office.

Baptism

In baptism, we pledge our ‘Yes’ to God. In baptism, we give our life to Christ who restores us to new life, and joins us to the Resurrection life of the church, his body.

Whether we desire baptism for ourselves or for our children, or feel the Spirit of God calling us to explore what this ‘Yes’ might mean, baptismal preparation (catechesis) is important and necessary.

We offer Christian Formation both individually and in group settings depending on the need.

In the normal course of the life of the parish, we celebrate baptism at Easter, the feast of the baptism of our Lord, and at Pentecost. (We are not dogmatic about these dates!)

Please contact the Rector if you wish to discuss baptism for yourself or a member of your family, no matter how young or old.

Confirmation

In the sacrament of confirmation, the baptized person is “sealed with the gift of the Holy Spirit” and strengthened for service in the body of Christ. Confirmation deepens our baptismal life which sends us to be witnesses of Christ in the world.

Confirmation for adults usually accompanies baptism. For those baptized as infants, confirmation usually occurs between 11 and 13 years old.

Confirmands usually take a 6-8 week course in preparation for this important event in their growing relationship with God.

First Communion

1st communion for adults occurs the day of their baptism and confirmation. When a child first receives communion is a decision of the child’s parents. At St. Barnabas the timing varies from family to family. Most often children receive 1st Communion between 7-8 years of age. Regardless of the timing, 1st communion always follows a time of intentional preparation which is appropriate of the age of the child.