the catechism (i thought) is what you learn when you get confirmed. os it's a list of all the things we believe as a christian.
i'm church of england and i remember learning it for confirmation. at the conf service, the Bish asked us each one question from it. i remember panicking so very much but he asked me a stupidly easy one in the end. phew!
it's in the back of the book of common prayer for CofE
Was that a while back nickelbabe? I never had to learn it for my CofE confirmation - that was about 18 years back. We had to go to classes for a number of weeks, and covered lots of things, but there weren't any test questions during the service.
Confirmation is used in a lot of CofE churches where someone has been baptised as a child and wants to "confirm" their belief with a public dedication. Other churches (including some CofE) use adult baptism to do this - confirmation is sort of for if you were baptised as a child but don't want to do that again. You mentioned catechisms, it's the "one baptism for the forgiveness of sin" bit.
Becoming a "member" is more comon in free churches although used in CofE too. It's about dedicating yourself to that church and in putting yourself forward for it, you are welcomed into the church community, go on the church roll, pay a regular collection (tithed?), might lead home groups, services, music groups, take part in stuff like rosters etc willingly.
Jojoyoy, that's not actually correct. I quote from the C of E website:
"What we now call confirmation was originally part of a wider ceremony of Christian initiation and only became a separate rite when bishops were no longer able to preside at all baptisms.
As a separate rite, confirmation marks the point in the Christian journey at which the participation in the life of Gods people inaugurated at baptism is confirmed by the bishop by the laying on of hands, and in which those who have been baptised affirm for themselves the faith into which they have been baptised and their intention to live a life of responsible and committed discipleship. Through prayer and the laying on of hands by the confirming bishop, the Church also asks God to give them power through the Holy Spirit to enable them to live in this way.
When confirmation is part of a combined rite including adult baptism it has a slightly different significance. In this case, as in the traditional Western service of initiation mentioned above, the confirmation element signifies the gift of the Holy Spirit following on from baptism in water. The biblical model for this is Christs own baptism in which, the gospels tell us, the Spirit descended on Him when He came up out of the water after having been baptised by John the Baptist (Matthew 3:16-17, Mark 1:9-11, Luke 3:21-22, John 1:32-33)."
Amuminscotland: i think that's the other thread isn't it!! i got confirmed 21 years ago. i don't think every church did it even then, to be honest. ours wasn't high church, but was quite a strict one. i think it must have been more tradition than anything. i know they don't do it now in our church, because we had one a few months ago and they didn't have to do anything like that.