The Journey Ministry at St. Paul’s offers formation for all those seeking Holy Baptism, Confirmation, Reception, and Reaffirmation in The Episcopal Church in a way that:
Supports people discerning a call to these rites of passage in the church,
Provides counsel with clergy before and throughout the process of commitment,
Offers catechumenate training for welcome into Christ’s body, the Church, through weekly classes devoted to seeking God’s purpose for our lives in Holy Scripture,
Utilizes the resources of the Episcopal Church to expand knowledge and understanding of who and what we are in “our branch of the followers of Jesus,”
Encourages and guides seekers in their participation in the liturgical rites of our church,
Sponsors participation in the Diocese of Olympia’s Cathedral Day and the Rites of Confirmation, Reception, and Reaffirmation with our Bishop,
Celebrates with those who are ready to die with Christ and rise with Christ in the waters of Holy Baptism,
Discerns a call to participation in the ministries of St. Paul’s.
So that anyone at St. Paul’s who desires a deeper understanding and a broader commitment to living as Christ’s body in the world, will be prepared, nurtured and empowered to do the work given by God to do.
Journey will begin in January, 2019 and culminate on Cathedral Day, May, 2019. Please contact The Rev. Marsha Vollkommer for information.
Who Should Consider Journey?
Those who are not yet baptized and feel the call.
Those who are baptized but wish to renew and energize their faith through:
- Confirmation, a rite of taking on baptismal vows as an adult
- Reception into the Episcopal Church from another denomination
- Reaffirmation after a time of walking alongside other Journeyers
What does Journey require of you?
- A commitment to explore the Christian life
- An openness to transformation
- Publicly beginning your personal process (with the parish and God's help)
Once each year, in the fall, we launch Outlining Our Faith, a Sunday afternoon series in which participants and facilitators walk through the Catechism in The Book of Common Prayer together. The Catechism is our Q&A, our FAQ, addressing the most basic components of Christianity through an Episcopal lens. The series will be open-ended and low-commitment. Our hope is that some participants will discern a call from God to commit to Journey for the next year.
Please read the information below to see how the process works and contact us if you are interested in the 2019-2020 group.
Journey is a process that requires your commitment and takes place in STAGES …
A time to EXPLORE...
Start by making Holy Eucharist a habit every week.
Attend our exploratory sessions
At this point, the group has not yet formed, but your journey with Christ has long since begun.
Various classes are available for us to choose from. We listen for God’s call as we explore some aspects of the Christian life. These classes are not required, but they can supplement your Journey experience helpfully.
During this time, make known your desire to join the Journey group. You will be paired with a sponsor who will walk alongside you the whole way.
A time to ENGAGE...
The Rite of Admission.
At Eucharist, we commit publicly to Journey, and the congregation prays for us. Those seeking baptism become known as catechumens.
We reflect on this decision and engage in personal prayer practices.
We begin to meet as a group every Sunday morning.
We ask questions about the Christian faith.
We share our personal stories of faith with each other.
A time to COMMIT...
Those seeking renewal help the clergy to distribute ashes.
The Rite of Enrollment
Those seeking baptism become candidates, a new level of commitment. We all stand before the congregation again, and they pray for us.
Sunday mornings - March through April
We read Scripture … and we let Scripture read us.
Those seeking renewal are the first to wash the feet of people in the congregation.
We pray at the foot of the Cross.
We gather in the evening for the Great Vigil of Easter. We light a new flame, hear our sacred stories, proclaim the first Alleluias of Easter, and celebrate the Rite of Holy Baptism.
A time to DISCERN...
We explore God’s purposes for us today as individuals and as a community.
We receive the Rites of Confirmation, Reception, and Reaffirmation at St. Mark's Cathedral, In Seattle. Our bishop lays hands on Journeyers and prays for each of us.
Feast of Pentecost - The Rite of Affirmation of Vocation
We each announce to the congregation our understanding of God’s next call in our lives, even if such an understanding contains a measure of uncertainty.
Journey is the way we at St. Paul’s take part in the ancient catechumenal process of walking alongside those who are committing to the Christian life.
Journey does not consist of a specific body of knowledge. Instead, it is characterized by growth in Christ and in Christian community.
Having participated in Journey, you will have learned to tell your own faith story, learned methods of engaging with the Bible and The Book of Common Prayer, developed practices of prayer that can sustain you for many years, and found a community of Christians with whom you can continue to journey in other ways.
If you cannot make the commitment to Journey this year, that’s OK. Maybe this just isn’t your season. On the other hand, maybe God is calling you to become a Christian or to renew the vows made at your baptism.