Congratulations on wanting to explore confirmation with the Church of England. Confirmation can be an important part of a lifetime journey of faith as a follower of Jesus Christ.
During the service of Confirmation the Bishop and the church asks God to give you power through the Holy Spirit to live as a follower of Jesus Christ.
Before the service you will spend time thinking about your faith as you prepare to affirm your baptismal vows and your intention to live your life as a disciple of Christ.
When you speak to your vicar about being confirmed they will usually invite you to a few meetings to help you get ready for the service. This is a good way to explore your faith with others who are also thinking about confirmation and is a safe place to ask any questions you have about God, Jesus and the journey of faith.
These are some common questions about confirmation, and the local vicar will be delighted to explain all thats involved too.
If you are interested in taking this next step in your Christian faith then you can find more information and guidance about what's involved on the Church of England's website.
Information for churches and vicars:
Orders of Service in booklet form:
You can also find them in an alternative format on the Church of England's website.
In order to allow Bishop Mark to concentrate on his additional commitments as Acting Diocesan Bishop, the Hon Assistant Bishops have kindly agreed to cover the services of Confirmation across the Diocese in 2022. The list of agreed dates is here
Admission of Baptised Children to Holy Communion before Confirmation
We encourage parishes to apply for permission to admit baptised children to Holy Communion before Confirmation.
There are many exciting ways to do this, so please feel free to e-mail us to discuss how it could work for you.
Contact Diocesan Development Officer for Children and Youth, the Revd Rachel Scheffer, on 01661 886853 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The following downloadable documents have been produced to assist parishes through the process: