‘Peter and John laid their hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit.’ (Acts 8.17)
Confirmation is an opportunity for those who were baptized as children to own for themselves the promises that were made on their behalf at their baptism. Those who present themselves for confirmation are ready to commit themselves to the Christian way of life, and intend to follow Christ as adults. When adults are baptized they usually receive confirmation at the same time or shortly afterwards.
At confirmation the candidates receive the laying on of hands from a bishop, and are anointed with fragrant oil, signifying the gift of the Holy Spirit. Because confirmation can only be administered by a bishop, candidates may be confirmed at a deanery or diocesan occasion, perhaps at Southwark Cathedral, reminding us that we are part of a wider church beyond our local congregation.
Children who have been admitted to communion should be encouraged to seek confirmation as they approach adulthood, and adults who receive communion but are not confirmed should seek confirmation. If you would like to ask any questions about confirmation, please contact the Team Vicar, Daniel Trott.