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Confirmations

by Helen Clemow last modified 27 Mar, 2017 02:21 PM

Public declarations of faith.

Updated Listing = latest updates

Updated Listing Download the 2017 Confirmations List here, and the 2018 List here.

Diocesan Confirmation Services in 2017 will be held at 6.30pm, with a rehearsal at 4.30pm, on the following Saturdays:
14 January 2017
13 May 2017
17 June 2017
4 November 2017
There is also a confirmation during the Easter Dawn liturgy on Easter Day (16 April 2017) at 5.30am with a rehearsal the previous day at a time to be announced.

See the 'Resources box on the left (under 'In this section') for other resources available to schools and parishes, including the form that each parish has to fill in and return with the information about their candidates.

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.

Click here to find a local church 

Official CofE info and resources here

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