Baptism and confirmation at St Michael's
IT IS A WONDERFUL JOY AND PRIVILEGE to welcome children and adults into the Christian family through baptism and, as their faith and relationship with Jesus deepens, to see them later confirm their commitment through confirmation.
Although due to the current Covid-19 restrictions we are currently unable to hold baptisms (unless in exceptional circumstances), we are hoping to celebrate a Confirmation service on Sunday 28 March 2021.
We will add further details and updates here as and when circumstances change.
What is Baptism?
In the New Testament, we read about adults becoming Christians and being baptised by the church. Long ago, this was a very risky thing to do. By being ‘marked for Christ’ they put themselves in danger of punishment by those who wanted to see Christianity stamped out. Baptism marked people as standing out, as being different, because they had chosen to follow Jesus Christ in all areas of their lives.
Before long, adult Christians brought their children for baptism into the family of the Church. This pattern has continued. Since small children are too young to make any declaration of faith, parents and godparents stand before the church to declare the faith that they hold and to promise they will bring up the children in that faith.
The promises and declarations form as much of the ceremony of baptism as the moments when the minister marks the sign of the cross on the children’s foreheads, sprinkles them with water from the font and baptises them in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
If you live in the Parish of St Michael, you are entitled to bring your child to baptism at our church. But for all the reasons given above, preparation involves more than booking a convenient date.
Please click HERE to get in touch with the Vicar and she will talk with you about what preparation may be needed.
What is Confirmation
Over time, our awareness of God and our relationship with him often deepens and grows. Perhaps as you reflect on your life, you might feel a strengthening of your relationship with God and a feeling that he is leading you on.
Confirmation involves a blessing and laying on of hands by our Bishop who will pray God's confirmation of your calling as a disciple of Christ.
At St Michael's, there are two main routes towards Confirmation:
For those in Year 7-12 at school we hold a special course on Sunday afternoons about two months before the confirmation service. These are interactive sessions and allow young people to bring their special interests and issues. Joining the course doesn't mean you have to be confirmed. It's okay to just check it out and make a decision later.
For adults, the preparation for confirmation is tailored to suit you and your situation. It might involve joining a short three week course on Wednesday evenings a couple of months before the confirmation service.
When can I get Confirmed?
We are hoping to hold a Confirmation Service at St Michael's next year. We will post the date here when it has been arranged.
E mail Rev Gary Piper to find out more: HERE