Monthly Thought

By the Rt Revd Karen Gorham, Bishop of Sherborne

bishop edwardFor the last few years Neil Larkey has done an excellent job of raising the profile of Confirmation across the diocese, and our numbers have increased as a result. Thank you Neil.

It is one of the highlights of my role as Bishop to confirm individuals at the Cathedral or more frequently in local parish churches. In its simplest description, Confirmation is all about saying ‘yes’ to God, and many from teenagers to those in their eighties have done just that.

During the service, that ‘yes’ to God and following Christ is publicly confirmed by the laying on of hands, the anointing of oil, and prayer that God’s Holy Spirit will be with all those making promises to the end of their life.

For many it marks the beginning of a chosen faith journey, for others it is the culmination of years of seeking and searching.

Everyone who comes to our churches, our chapels, our middle or secondary schools, deserves the opportunity to respond to that simple invitation – ‘Would you like to say ‘yes’ to God?’ We do people a disservice if we do not offer it.

Each person prayed for has a unique story to tell and stories told during Confirmation services can be moving and encouraging, speaking of what God has done, how Christ has become real, how helpful the preparation has been and the belonging become. And each service gives testimony to God moving in the lives of those who find themselves working, living or studying in our diocese.

Confirmation is no meaningless rite of passage, as some have thought, but a joyful celebration of God at work in the lives of those who choose to say ‘yes’ to God.

Don’t let it pass you by.

Taken from the latest edition of Grapevine.

Read more about Confirmations here

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