Confirmation is a key stage on the journey of faith, signifying a deeper commitment to God and a greater sense of belonging to the church. Every baptised person is encouraged to consider confirmation, which with participation at the Eucharist completes initiation into Christian life.
The service is conducted by the Bishop, who is the unifying figure of the church community. During the service the Bishop’s hands are extended over the candidates, signifying the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. Each person is also anointed with perfumed oil, marking the spiritual seal of belonging to Jesus. These actions, which go back to the time of the first Christians, express a deeper relationship with God the Father and Jesus, and the increase of the gifts of the Holy Spirit in each person’s life.
There is no specified age for confirmation, candidates can be children or adults. To make sure each person is ready, there is an important process of discernment and preparation. This is normally carried out through weekly small discussion groups over a few months. Even if you are merely curious, you are welcome to explore more without any obligation or expectation. Please contact the vicar, who will be happy to hear from you.