Especially in the context of infant baptism, as is common in the Church of England, Confirmation is an opportunity to confirm the promises our parents have made on our behalf at our baptism service.
Like baptism, confirmation is not the end of a journey, but rather the beginning of a conscious, open minded and hearted walk through life which is sustained by prayer, the participation in a Christian community as well as an active seeking for the guidance of the Holy Spirit for one's life.
Confirmation is therefore a sacrament by which participation in the life of God’s people, inaugurated at baptism, is confirmed by the bishop by the laying on of hands, and in which those who have been baptised affirm for themselves the faith into which they have been baptised and their intention to live a life of responsible and committed discipleship. Through prayer and the laying on of hands by the confirming bishop, the Church also asks God to give them power through the Holy Spirit to enable them to live in this way.
For more information please have a look at the Church of England Confirmation website.
At St Anne's we regularly prepare both teenagers (min age 13) as well as adults for confirmation. This is normally done on an annual basis, but varies according to numbers. Our sessions are very informal and tend to focus a lot on the areas of interest expressed by the confirmands.
If you are interested in exploring issues of faith together with us in this context, please do contact us.