Confirmation marks the point in the Christian journey at which you affirm for yourself the faith into which you have been baptized and 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.
What is confirmation?
Confirmation continues what was begun at baptism.
For those baptised as infants or children it marks the confirmation of the promises and commitments made by parents and godparents at baptism.
For those who may be baptised as teenagers or adults, confirmation usually takes place within the same service as the baptism or very soon afterwards.
In a very real sense it is standing up for what you believe and taking on the responsibilities, as well as the privileges, of following Jesus in the way of faith.
Where will the service take place and what happens?
The confirmation service may take place in one of our churches or another local parish church, or at the Cathedral in Leicester, depending on timing and circumstances.
During the service you will be expected to declare and affirm your own Christian faith. The bishop will lay hands on your head and pray that God’s Holy Spirit will fill you and give you the strength and guidance to live in the way Jesus teaches.
What preparation do I need?
Such a step needs good preparation, so that the person being confirmed understands what is being undertaken.
Our churches offer a short course in Christian belief and practice for those who are exploring the possibility of taking this important step in their faith journey.
If you would like to take this step in your faith journey, or simply explore the possibility, please contact the Rector, who will be happy to help.