Jesus said to enter the kingdom of God, we must be born of water and the Spirit (John
3). The water refers to baptism and is an essential part of joining God’s family
and following Jesus. The Spirit is the component of faith which is God’s own activity
in our lives which makes him personally real.
At some point in our lives, we need to make up our minds about whether we believe
or not. For some brought up in a Christian home, this decision may not always be
conscious. For others, the point at which they started to follow Jesus is crystal
clear. Most people experience at least one period where the big questions need to
be answered or some assurance of God’s love and tangible presence is sought. The
church can help with these questions through personal chats and prayer, enquirers’
courses and house groups.
God’s work in us can bring us to the place where we know that He is real and that
we are on the road of following Jesus. This is the time to think about Confirmation.
In this service, the bishop invites us to personally renew our baptism promises
and prays for the Holy Spirit to be fully released in our lives. It can be a very
powerful experience and a time when our commitment to God’s call upon our lives is
There are a number of ways in which we can prepare for Confirmation. Often a course
of classes is involved looking at faith, discipleship and life in the church family.
You might be encouraged to join a house group or take part in a new part of church
life. There may also be days put on by the diocese to connect us with the wider church.
If you would like to be confirmed, please contact the Revd. Louise Tinniswood