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Confirmation at St Martin's
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. The Church also asks God to give you power through the Holy Spirit to enable you to live in the way of Jesus.
When you were baptized as a child, and quite often these days as an adult your parents and godparents/sponsors were asked to declare publicly on your behalf that they believed in God and that they would bring you up to follow Jesus. They were asked to answer, on your behalf, that you had decided to turn away from everything which is evil or sinful and instead to turn towards Christ. At confirmation, you will renew these decisions and promises.
There is no right age for a person to be confirmed. Anyone may be confirmed who has been baptized, if they are old enough to answer responsibly for themselves. In many dioceses, however, the diocesan bishop has set a minimum age for Confirmation. If this is the case your parish priest will be able to tell you what the minimum age is. 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. These days many of our candidates are adults.
Confirmation has traditionally been seen as the preliminary to being able to receive your Holy Communion, the bread and the wine at the Parish Communion. However, in consultation with the vicar adults and sometimes children can receive their communion before being confirmed.
We run separate classes for young people and adults and also adults who want to refresh confirmation preparation are welcome. We usually hold a confirmation service once a year, the next will be on Sunday 15th October 2017.
Please contact us if you are interested.