Public declarations of faith
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Download the current Confirmation List from the 'Resources box on the left (under 'In this section'). Other resources are also available there for schools and parishes.
What is Confirmation?
The Baptism Service talks about life as a journey and as with many journeys, there are points in life where we stop and consult the map, to determine where we are and where we would like to go in the future.
For those who may have been baptised as a baby, the journey of faith has been guided by their Parents and Godparents and the time has come for them to decide for themselves to continue this journey with God.
“Confirmation” is the name of the service which offers a public declaration of faith and the laying-on of hands by a Bishop, symbolising the confirming of God’s blessing on the person, with the promise of the Holy Spirit to guide and resource them for their future path.
Sometimes a Confirmation Service will consist entirely of those who were Baptised as babies and now want to confirm the promises made on their behalf. Sometimes a Confirmation service may also include those who were not Baptised as babies (who, for example, may have had a Thanksgiving Service) and have, in the intervening years, discovered a faith for themselves – and they may be Baptised and Confirmed in the same Confirmation service.
The Confirmation Service may also include those who have been Baptised in another Christian denomination and would like to become members of the Church of England, or those who may have been Confirmed before and wish to reaffirm the promise made at their Baptism or Confirmation services.
If you would like to explore your faith further and consider making the public step of Confirmation (and Baptism, if you have not already been Baptised), then please contact your local church who will be delighted to discuss the path you are considering.
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