Our next confirmation / reception Sunday is:
December 9, 2018

 

 

Our next Village 101 Membership Dinner is:
September 16, 2018
 

All candidates for membership: Please begin the process by filling out the membership form below.


Confirmation

12 For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. 13 For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and all were made to drink of one Spirit...
18 But as it is, God arranged the members in the body, each one of them, as he chose. 19 If all were a single member, where would the body be? 20 As it is, there are many parts, yet one body....
26 If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together. 27 Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it.
— St. Paul, 1 Corinthians 12

Membership is Sacramental.

Confirmation is about the all-important "we" of being in the Body of Christ - of being a member (the metaphor: a physical body part with an important role and function in the whole). As individual followers of Jesus Christ, we are being joined together with others in the mission of the global Church to make Christ known and to model a community of love and unity. In this sense, the Church is a sign of Jesus' loving presence in the world. Village Church is a local expression of this global Body of Christ and of the Anglican Communion. It is to this local expression of the Body that each individual is officially joined through confirmation. As the New Testament knows nothing of the individualism that's so strong in our culture, the Church is a living, breathing image of how God is reconciling people to Himself and to one another by faith. And in this way, the Church confronts our disordered and disjointed views of ourselves and humanity by not only proclaiming the good news of reconciliation, but actually endeavoring to evidence how that good news is at work in the world. It is the redemptive work of the Spirit to unite people to God and to one another. Confirmation is the practical way we express this together. As membership is about unity, confirmation is about declaring your desire to be unified with this Body. Through confirmation, that desire is recognized and confirmed by our leadership and the rest of the Body. 

Strengthen, O Lord, your servant Lydia with your Holy Spirit; empower her for your service; and sustain her all the days of her life. Amen.
— Bishop's prayer for confirmation

What we do... 

Our Bishop, the chief pastor of us all in the Diocese of the Carolinas, takes part in confirmation to remind us that we are part of a much larger church body. He will lay hands on new confirmands to pray over them and commission them for ministry. He will invite them to declare their desire to become unified with Village Church and with the Body of Christ.

Two side-notes:

  1. As mentioned above, If you have already been confirmed elsewhere, either in an ACNA parish or another orthodox church tradition, you will simply be "received" into Village Church.

  2. Youth confirmands will have a different process for confirmation, which includes catechesis.

There are 3 requirements to be confirmed or received into Village Church:

  • Give a credible testimony of your faith in Jesus Christ.

  • Be baptized in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit with water.

  • Be aware of and affirm the Fundamental Declarations of the Anglican Church in North America and the Diocese of the Carolinas (below).

There are 3 commitments made by each Village Church member: 

  • Worship together regularly and serve the community needs of Village Church with your time and talents, including our endeavors to care for our neighbors and the broader community.

  • Give generously to help meet the financial needs of Village Church. Village Church members are encouraged to make prayerful, annual commitments of the firstfruits of their income (Proverbs 3:9). Read more here.

  • Invest in the important decisions of the church by voting when called upon.


 

FUNDAMENTAL DECLARATIONS 

1.    We confess the canonical books of the Old and New Testaments to be the inspired Word of God, containing all things necessary for salvation, and to be the final authority and unchangeable standard for Christian faith and life. AFFIRM: The Authority of Scripture

2.    We confess Baptism and the Supper of the Lord to be Sacraments ordained by Christ Himself in the Gospel, and thus to be ministered with unfailing use of His words of institution and of the elements ordained by Him.  AFFIRM: Two sacraments

3.    We confess the godly historic Episcopate as an inherent part of the apostolic faith and practice, and therefore as integral to the fullness and unity of the Body of Christ. AFFIRM: The role of bishops as chief pastors

4.    We confess as proved by most certain warrants of Holy Scripture the historic faith of the undivided church as declared in the three Catholic Creeds: the Apostles', the Nicene, and the Athanasian.  AFFIRM: The Trinity - one God who is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit

5.    Concerning the seven Councils of the undivided Church, we affirm the teaching of the first four Councils and the Christological clarifications of the fifth, sixth and seventh Councils, in so far as they are agreeable to the Holy Scriptures.  AFFIRM: Jesus Christ as fully God and fully human.

6.    We receive The Book of Common Prayer as set forth by the Church of England in 1662, together with the Ordinal attached to the same, as a standard for Anglican doctrine and discipline, and, with the Books which preceded it, as the standard for the Anglican tradition of worship.  AFFIRM: The Book of Common Prayer as a guideline for worship.

7.    We receive the Thirty-Nine Articles of Religion of 1571, taken in their literal and grammatical sense, as expressing the Anglican response to certain doctrinal issues controverted at that time, and as expressing fundamental principles of authentic Anglican belief.  AFFIRM: The 39 Articles as a guideline for belief