Many people were baptised as babies. Their parents and godparents were asked to declare publicly on their behalf that they believed in God and that they would bring up their child to follow Jesus. They were asked to answer, on the child’s behalf, that they had decided to turn away from everything that was evil and instead to turn towards Christ.
Confirmation marks the point when someone decides that they would like to renew these decisions and promises for themselves. At a special service, sometimes held in a local church and sometimes in a cathedral, a bishop confirms this decision through prayer and the laying on of hands. The Church also asks God to give the person power through the Holy Spirit to enable them to live in the way of Jesus.
A confirmation course is a good way to explore your faith further. It is a safe place to ask any questions you have about God, Jesus and the journey of faith. Its purpose is to ensure that those who go on to be confirmed have a proper understanding of what it means to live as a disciple of Christ within the life of the Church of England. By joining the course you are not committing yourself to be confirmed - you can make that decision at the end!
If you or your teenager would be interested in joining a course, please contact me on firstname.lastname@example.orgAlice Goodall