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Confirmation

Congratulations on wanting to explore confirmation. This is a natural progress in the life of any person who, after attending church services for some time begins to feel that there is more that they need to do to demonstrate to themselves, family & friends that they are growing in their faith & want to be associated with the world wide family of Christ. It is important to see confirmation as a part of your journey in faith in Christ and not in isolation.

 

How can I tell if I am ready for confirmation?

People mature in their faith in different ways and at different ages. It is important that you come to Confirmation with firm personal conviction that it is right for you at this point in your life. You should pray about this and ask others in your church to pray for you. You should talk to your vicar and even if you are unsure about being confirmed you may wish to participate in the confirmation course to explore your faith further as you think about it.

 

When you speak to your vicar they will invite you to attend a confirmation course. This is a good way to explore your faith with others who are thinking about confirmation and is a safe place to ask any questions you have about God, Jesus and the journey of faith. It is a time when no one will judge you for asking questions that might seem at odds with your perceived personality.

 

Confirmation marks the point in the Christian journey at which you affirm for yourself the faith into which you have been baptised and your intention to live a life of committed discipleship. This affirmation is confirmed through prayer and the laying on of hands by the confirming bishop. The Church also asks God to give you power through the Holy Spirit to enable you to live in the way of Jesus. This way is sometimes not easy but by being a member of a fellowship of believers you can be assured of support through those days & of course there will be many times when the way is not only easy but outright joyous.

 

To discover more about confirmation you will need to speak with the vicar.