St Paul: “… until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes. Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ…”
The Bible: Ephesians 4.13-15 (ESVUK)
Confirmation is the discipline of the Church of England to mark a transition from a child-like receiving only from the church to an active discipleship, giving service as well as being serviced. It is a confirming by the candidate that they want to follow Jesus as an adult disciple, a confirming by the church in the person of the Bishop that it is Christ that the candidate is proclaiming, and a conferring of a new status as an active and adult disciple – in this sense, it’s a bit like an ordination service, setting us apart to serve Jesus in the world and the church. Confirmation requires a Bishop to be present so normally we only prepare people once a year on a course over about 3 months and then present the candidates to the Bishop at a special service which may be held at another church. If you would like to explore Christian discipleship, we run a number of courses and encounter groups which you can attend without any obligation, leaving you free to decide if you want to proceed to Confirmation. You can ring the Office for further details; there is no charge for Confirmation or preparation for Confirmation.