With you at every stage of life.
Confirmation is a wonderful way to explore and affirm your faith.
If you have not been christened as a child, you may wish to explore being baptised too.
What is Confirmation?
Confirmation is a wonderful moment of celebration for anyone who wishes to publicly affirm their faith – it may be that you’ve never been baptised, but as an adult have started your journey of faith and would like to be baptised and confirmed (these can be done separately, but for older teenagers and adults they are often done together).
For others, you may have been baptised as a child but now want to reaffirm the vows made on your behalf.
What happens at a Confirmation?
A bishop comes to lay 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.
There is a strong sense of celebration throughout, and is usually followed by lots of cake!
How old do you have to be to be confirmed?
We usually invite people to be confirmed from Year 6 upwards (although younger children have come forward).
But confirmation is not just for children! It’s common for adults to be confirmed too – so whatever your age and stage, if it is something that you would like to explore, get in touch.
What is a baptism?
It’s another word for a Christening, except that you make the vows yourself, rather than your parents & godparents making them for you.
Whenever it happens, whether as a baby, child or adult, baptism is at the heart of an amazing journey of faith as a follower of Jesus Christ. You are never too old to take this step, and being baptised as an adult is a wonderful experience.
What about Godparents?
As you are saying the vows yourself, it is not necessary to have Godparents. However, you may wish to nominate people who will commit to praying for you and supporting you on your faith journey.
How are adults baptised?
When you get baptised, water is used as a symbol of how Christ washes us clean from all that we do that is wrong. This can be done by sprinkling (which is typically how we christen babies) but can also be done by full immersion where you are lowered into the water and then raised up again. We are happy to go with whichever one you would prefer.
How do we go about it?
Be part of church:
You do not have to be confirmed or baptised to be part of the church. But if that is something that you would like to explore, then being part of the church community is a really important element of being baptised and confirmed. So come along to one of the following:
- Sunday Morning, at 8am or 9.30am
- Wednesday Mid-Week service at 10am
Explore and ask questions:
You’ll get to be part of a group that explores and ask questions about our faith, as well as discover more about what the Anglican church is and why we do the things we do. They typically last around four weeks, and we have different groups for children and teenagers, and adults.
Get in touch:
The first place to start is to get in touch with the Vicar who will then explain when our next confirmation is happening and how you sign up for it. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
St George's Parish Church
0161 941 4037