Why I decided to be confirmed

Confirmation is an important part of our church life; it's a special gift which we are given by God through the church.  In Confirmation, we personally, and for ourselves, with our full consent, affirm the promises made at our baptism.  And more than that, through Confirmation, we receive something from God -the blessing of the Holy Spirit. 

 

 

Most of us don't remember our baptism, when we were usually babies (hear what Nigel, below, says about this!) and sometimes people are then confirmed in their teens, when they are able to make a decision.  But it doesn't always come this way.

Confirmation is something that people come to later, perhaps as a teenager, but perhaps at another point, much older than that.  It is something that people come to when they are ready.   

 

 

Confirmation is a sacrament - that is, we see a sign (the laying on of hands) but God gives a gift, which we can't see, but which we experience - the knowledge that God loves us and blesses us and comes to dwell and live within us. 

 

 

 In a confirmation service, the bishop, as a representative of the whole church,lays his hands on  the candidates and prays for them 

 

"Confirm, O Lord, your servant with your Holy Spirit". 

 

Then we all pray for them.  

"Defend, O Lord, these your servants with your heavenly grace,

that they may continue yours for ever,

and daily increase in your Holy Spirit more and more

until they come to your everlasting kingdom. Amen" 

 

Listen to Nigel talk about his decision to be confirmed later in life; 

 

Why I decided to be confirmed (Nigel)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Anyone who has not been confirmed can discuss this with our vicar, Anne.  If you wish to be baptised as well, this can be part of the service.  Confirmation is a blessing we want to share.