THE WATERSIDE CHURCHES
CONFIRMATION CLASSES - 2023
New Confirmation classes starting soon.
New Confirmation classes will be starting soon in the Waterside Churches, which is very good news. If you are not Confirmed and would like to have a chat about joining the classes please do not hesitate to contact me.
Confirmation is a special church service in which a person confirms the promises that were made when they were baptised. If you were baptised at a christening when you were a child, your parents and godparents made these promises on your behalf.
As a young person or adult, you may be ready to affirm these promises for yourself and commit your life to following Jesus Christ. At a confirmation service, you make these promises for yourself. Your friends and family as well as the local Christian community will be there to promise to support and pray for you.
Our bishop will lay their hands on your head and ask God’s Holy Spirit to give you the strength and commitment to live God’s way for the rest of your life.
Sometimes a service of Holy Communion will follow a confirmation, either on the same day or on the next Sunday. For some people this will be the first time they share in bread and wine.
There is no right age for a person to be confirmed. Anyone may be confirmed who has been baptised and if they are old enough to answer responsibly for themselves.
As a general rule, anyone who is over 10 years old and can answer for themselves could be ready for confirmation, but the right time for you might be at any age – you could be in your teens or in your nineties!
If you feel strongly for yourself that confirmation is right for you at this point in your life, it’s likely that it is. Pray about this and ask others in your church to pray for you. Please do have a chat with me, and even if you are unsure about being confirmed, you may wish to participate in the confirmation course to help you think about it.
After confirmation you continue to go along to church, joining in with worship and prayer and sharing in Holy Communion. If you were part of a group with others getting ready for confirmation, your group may wish to stay in touch afterwards to support each other.
For an informal chat please call me on 01872 276 357 or 07591 240 640.
Please be assured that you will be in my prayers as you consider whether being Confirmed is the next step in your faith journey.
Yours in Christ