Confirmation Fall 2017-Spring 2018
Beginning in early fall of 2017, Toppie Bates, Priest Associate will again embark on leading a new class of high schoolers in learning more about the Episcopal Faith in formal Confirmation training. This training is not mandatory but a choice by each youth to make a commitment to grow closer to God and develop a deeper knowledge of the Episcopal Faith with the hopes of putting it into action.  
Toppie has created a customized curriculum that thoroughly engages all the participants on their individual levels of faith. Each participant is required to have a mentor who walks this journey of learning and discovery with the confirmand providing guidance, answers, and support. The confirmation process takes approximately 10 months with classes scheduled once to twice a month.  
The first mandatory meeting including parents will be at 12:00 noon directly following the 10:45 service on September 17th.  
St. James’ is committed to being a resource for its youth and will continue to support their journey to a fulfilled and faith filled life. Below is the calendar of meetings that will be held throughout the year. 
If you have any questions, please contact Toppie Bates at
Confirmation Class
Schedule 2017-2018
Each class has 2 sessions. Classes are held in the lower Lakeside Room with morning snacks at 9:15 and  includes 10:45 worship. The 2nd Session is again held in the Lakeside Room directly after worship until 12:45.


This year’s confirmands: Skylar Chilson-Wood, Zoe Latour, Jackson Spanfelner,
Luke Ingianni, Devin Sager, Trevor Knupp, Lyda Buck
Confirmation Class Update:
Jan. 7 found us discovering another new season in the church, already the third season of the church year.

As we recalled we started the new church year with the 4th weeks of Advent, followed by the 12 Days of the Christmas Season and as of Jan. 6, Epiphany has arrived. Epiphany will take us all the way until Lent, the middle of February this year. Prior to hearing more about Epiphany in Worship we related the story of the Three Wise Men and following Worship we could share how it felt to participate in bringing forth gifts to the Altar of Jesus.

Our focus lesson was learning about the 7 Sacraments. Some of them familiar and others, not so. We began with locating the definition of a Sacrament in the Book of Common Prayer: An outward and visible sign of the inward and spiritual grace, given by Christ. …” Would you have known where to find the definition? The next time you open the Book, check the back where you’ll find it included in the Catechism.

We then tried to identify as many Sacraments as we could by looking at 7 items:
a chalice, a clergy collar, a vial of Holy Oil, a pair of rings, a cross, a bowl, the Catechism. Could you have matched them to the 7 Sacraments? Those are the Holy Eucharist, Holy Orders, Unction or Healing Oils, Holy Matrimony, Penance or Reconciliation, Holy Baptism, Confirmation. We then found descriptions for each Sacrament and matched them with the item.

Just before Worship we had a field trip to the Sacristy or as some call it, “the Holy Kitchen.” There we saw behind closet and cupboard doors all the items and vessels used in Worship.

We added plenty of new words to our vocabulary: cincture, stole, alb and chasuble, chalice, cruet, paten, host, corporal, purificator, pall, veil, just to impress you. We gathered many of the above items necessary for administering Holy Communion, or as some name it: Holy Eucharist, Last Supper, Lord’s Supper, Mass or Great Thanksgiving.

Following our time of Worship, Rector Becky came to spend quality time with us.

She came to tell the story of the Eucharist, explaining the different parts of the Eucharistic Prayer and inviting us to participate in the Celebration. We so enjoyed our time with her and sharing Communion in the beauty and intimacy of our Chapel.

In February, we are having retired clergy The Rev. Jim Corl enchant us with the History of the Episcopal Church. You are most welcome: Sponsors, parents and anyone who is interested.