Confirmation marks the point in the Christian journey at which you affirm for yourself the promises which were made on your behalf by your parents and Godparents when you were baptised and confirms 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.
Confirmation is a decision made by the individual seeking confirmation and is not normally carried out in the Church of England for people who are not old enough to make that decision for themselves. There is no right age for a person to be confirmed. In this Diocese the minimum age is 11 and there is no upper age limit. In most years a few adults are confirmed in the benefice.
Our confirmation preparation programme for young people is conducted for youngsters from both churches in our benefice and consists of about eight, weekly sessions of one to one and a half hours after school. It incorporates a short period of worship, teaching, discussion, activities and refreshments. The individuals are expected to attend every session and complete the homework tasks which enrich the experience and help their families to be involved and provide support. They are also expected to attend church services.
The adult preparation usually involves five or six evening sessions.
The church makes no charge for confirmations.
This year’s confirmations will take place in All Saints Church in Clayton-le-Moors on: 23rd November 2021