Confirmation is when those who have been baptised as infants (or perhaps were never
baptised) make those baptism promises for themselves, to mark their mature commitment
as Christians and members of the church. It is for adults and for young people who are
ready to make such a commitment in their own right (normally 12 or older). Newcastle
Central Deanery has an annual confirmation service, and the venue changes each year.
To help people think through this commitment, and have a deeper understanding of
the faith, we run preparation groups for adults and for young people - usually starting at
the beginning of the year. The groups are also good for anyone wanting to explore the
Christian faith, without necessarily being confirmed. If you are relatively new to the faith
and have lots of questions, or are already confirmed but would like a 'refresher' course,
a confirmation group may be for you! If you are interested in exploring confirmation,
please speak to a member of clergy.
The confirmation service can also include a section for those candidates who have not yet been baptised, whereby they are first baptised at the font by the bishop, so that the confirmation signifies the gift of the Holy Spirit following on from baptism in water.
For more information about confirmation, please see www.churchofengland.org/our-faith/confirmation.aspx.