We are pleased to be able to tell you we can now begin to plan for confirmation services to resume. For the coming season these services will have a different feel to them with the current restrictions on singing etc and the bishops have been given clear advice on how to safely manage the laying on of hands in a way that is safe for all involved. They will none the less be powerful affirmations of our faith in Jesus Christ and commitment to and joy of sharing the abundance of life that we are given as disciples. This will in many ways be a special time in which to be confirmed and we will do all we can to ensure that this significant occasion is one of great celebration even with the restrictions in place. We would encourage candidates not to delay!
If confirmation is celebrated as part of regular worship, numbers will be determined by the size of the building and the necessity to keep physical distance within it, if it is a special service at another time then numbers will be limited by government regulation to 30. It will therefore be important to stress to candidates that the numbers of family and guests they can bring will be limited, and they should think in terms of just three or four being with them ideally from one household or bubble able to sit together.
We have written directly to those who had already ‘booked in’ candidates, but we know there may others we may have missed. If you could let us know if you have candidates from your parish or benefice who would wish to be confirmed between now and Christmas we will look to arrange a number of services for the appropriate number of candidates in the right locations in order to accommodate them. Please could you email this information to Bishop Rachel’s Chaplain, the Revd Jason Taylor at by 1 September.
Confirmation services arranged for the autumn remain of course in our diaries.