What is confirmation?
Confirmation is the point at which you re-affirm your baptism vows. The bishop prays that you will be confirmed with the Holy Spirit. S/he will lay hands on your head. This action shows that you have been set apart by God, to follow in the way of Jesus. Like baptism, confirmation is a sacrament – a sign of God’s grace. The confirmation service will be the first time when you receive Christ in bread and wine at the Eucharist.
What happens if I haven’t already been baptised (‘christened’)?
You will be baptised either before or during the confirmation service.
How old do I have to be to be confirmed?
The minimum age is 12. This is the age at which we think that you are old enough to make this important decision for yourself. Of course, many adults are also confirmed.
What happens if I am not sure?
Talk to parents and clergy. If you are still not sure, it may be best to wait. Sometimes people find answers to their questions by doing the course.
Is there preparation for confirmation?
Yes, there are weekly meetings. Young people and adults meet for about six weeks beforehand.
When are confirmation services?
Confirmations take place approximately twice a year in the Newcastle Central Deanery.
Confirmation preparation usually takes place in the autumn, in anticipation of a service taken by a Bishop towards the end of the year.