Almighty and everliving God,
you have given your servants
new birth by water and the Spirit,
and have forgiven them their sins.
Strengthen them, we pray, with the Holy Spirit
that they may grow in grace.
Increase in them the spirit of wisdom and understanding,
the spirit of discernment and inner strength,
the spirit of knowledge and true godliness,
and fill them with wonder and awe at your presence,
through Jesus Christ our Lord, now and for ever. Amen.
Strengthen, Lord, your servant with your Holy Spirit,
Empower and sustain him/her for your service. Amen.
(Rite of Confirmation, APBA p90).
Congratualtions on wanting to explore Confirmation. Confirmation offers those who have been baptised as infants or young children to confirm their baptismal promises in public, to make a firm commitment to Christian discipleship and to receive the laying on of the bishop’s hands with prayer.
In past years, Confirmation was often received by large groups of children around the age of 12 or 13, as passport to receiving Holy Communion, and sadly in some cases as a kind of exit ritual from church life.Today, Confirmation has a different and much richer role in Christian formation.
Adults are often confirmed. Sometimes they were baptised as infants but have not previously professed their own faith and baptismal promises. Sometimes they have come to Anglicanism from another church. Many adults who come to faith and ask for baptism (not having been previously baptised) receive the laying-on of hands by the Bishop in Confirmation, immediately following their baptism and complete their Christian initiation by receiving Holy Communion.
For those who have been mature Christians in another denomination, a service of Reception into the Anglican Church is available.
Candidates for Confirmation undertake instruction in the Christian faith, and formation in prayer, worship, bible reading, giving and serving, in ways appropriate to their age and background.
For further information please contact the Vicar.