We are so glad you are interested in reading more about joining the Advent! Whatever brings you to this page, we look forward to helping in any way we can. As you read along below, feel free to contact Fontaine Pope, our Newcomer Coordinator (205.443.8562 or Fontaine@CathedralAdvent.com), at any point. She will be glad to answer any questions and provide guidance along the way.
How do I join?
Before joining the Advent, whether you are coming from another Episcopal church, another denomination, or no church at all, we ask that you first attend one of the Inquirers’ Class series. Happening four times a year, these give us a chance to get to know you as you get to know the Advent, gaining an idea of what we believe and why. To find out when the next series begins, click here >>. If you have already attended, contact Eva Beard (Parish Records) at 205.226.3510 or Eva@CathedralAdvent.com.
What is Baptism?
Baptism is the sacrament through which we first enter the Christian family. Baptism is always available for unbaptized persons of any age. Contact any clergy member for arrangements.
What is Confirmation?
Confirmation allows you to profess publicly your faith in the Lord, and confirm the promises of God spoken over you at your baptism. In the Episcopal Church, a bishop is present to witness your confirmation of these promises. As the Book of Common Prayer (BCP) states, it is a way for an individual to “express a mature commitment to Christ,” and is also a formal way of joining the Cathedral Church of the Advent.
What is required of those to be confirmed?
“It is required of those to be confirmed that they have been baptized, are sufficiently instructed in the Christian Faith, are penitent for their sins, and are ready to affirm their confession of Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord.” (BCP p. 860)
How can I become “sufficiently instructed in the Christian Faith”?
When is Confirmation?
Contact Fontaine Pope, Newcomer Coordinator, at 205.443.8562 or Fontaine@CathedralAdvent.com, and she will be able to tell you the date and time of the next Confirmation service.
Whom should I contact if I have additional questions?
Contact Fontaine Pope, Newcomer Coordinator, at 205.443.8562 or Fontaine@CathedralAdvent.com, and she will be happy to assist you in any way.