Confirmation is often regarded as a sort of rite of passage for a young person, but in fact, it is a very significant time when they confirm for themselves the promises that were made for them on their behalf at baptism. It is a very joyful occasion when someone is welcomed into the church family in this way.
Last night was indeed a very happy celebration, when four of our young people were confirmed in St Barnabas' Chapel by our regular-visiting Bishop, Rob Forsyth. Three of the confirmees were actually great-nephews of Bernies, and was he proud as they made their promises and affirmations loudly and clearly.
The confirmees get some last-minute instructions from Chaplain Rod and Bishop Rob
After the service, we moved over to the Parish Centre for what was called a "pot-luck" supper. Well, our luck was really in, because the food was just amazing, and there was plenty of it. About 60 of us, young and old, really enjoyed a very special church family occasion.
James, Nathan, Stephen and Jessica cut their special cake, with the Chaplain and the Bishop watching on.
Kik and Uncle Tom are obviously enjoying the "wetls" (food)
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