Thinking about Confirmation?
Confirmation in the Church of England is not about becoming a member of the Church. All those who are baptized are full members, and those who offer themselves for Confirmation must already be baptized members of the Church. Confirmation is really about ‘owning’ that membership and taking it to the level of a mature life-commitment to Christian discipleship. It offers individuals the opportunity to ‘confirm’ publicly – before their fellow Christians, the confirming bishop, and God – the commitments made at their baptism to turn away from everything that separates us from God and to turn towards Christ. On 20 November, a Service of Confirmation will be held at Holy Trinity, Holmfirth, for baptized members in our Team churches who wish to take this next step of commitment.
This autumn, there will be running a series of six evening sessions at Christ Church, New Mill, based on the Pilgrim course, exploring the meaning of Holy Communion (also called the Eucharist). Taking Communion is an important part of being a Christian disciple, and this series of sessions will incorporate preparation for Confirmation. However, it is not just for those who have already decided to offer themselves for Confirmation on 20 November. If you are just ‘thinking about it’ this course is also for you – at the end of it, you may want to go forward for Confirmation, or you may decide to think about it some more before going further. And if you are already confirmed you may also enjoy this course as an opportunity to refresh your appreciation of the sacrament that you take week by week. It would also be a great opportunity for you to share your experiences with others who are thinking about or preparing for Confirmation.
So the Pilgrim Holy Communion course has lots to offer you, wherever you are on your faith journey. Do consider signing up to take part. The dates are: 28 September; 5, 12, 19 October; and 2 and 9 November, 7.30 till 9pm. Please contact Sean or any member of the clergy to sign up or for further details. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Revd Dr Steve Dixon