The Sacrament of Confirmation is defined as a "mature public affirmation" of Christian faith (The Book of Common Prayer, p. 412). For those baptized as infants or as young children, it serves to confirm the vows that were made on their behalf at their baptism. For adults growing in their spiritual life, Confirmation recognizes a maturing Christian faith.
Those desiring to be confirmed must be baptized, at least 12 years of age, and have completed a course of instruction. In the Episcopal Church, Confirmation is performed by a bishop with the laying on of hands.
High School Confirmation is a "hands-on" learning experience which will be offered in fall of 2019. Leading to Confirmation at its conclusion in November, the course is designed around the prayer of General Thanksgiving, said at the altar each Sunday as we celebrate the Lord's Supper. As we experience the saving love of God—shown in the Old Testament and through the life and sacrifice of Jesus Christ—we come to a more personal relationship with the God who created us, who redeems us, and who keeps us always.
The bishop's visit is also the time at which those who have made a mature public affirmation of Christian faith may reaffirm their commitment to Christ. Those confirmed in another church by a bishop ordained in apostolic succession may be received into the Episcopal Church.