28 adults in Rotherham step forward to affirm their Christian faith
23rd April 2015
At Rotherham Minster on 23 April, 28 people will take part in a special service to be Confirmed, Renew Baptism Vows and be received into the Communion of the Church of England. The candidates will gather in front of friends and family to display their commitment to the Christian faith.
High numbers of confirmations and baptisms are common at this time of year, and many special services have been taking place around the diocese. Confirmation marks the point in the Christian journey at which people affirm for themselves the faith into which they have been baptised and their intention to live a life of committed discipleship.
Through prayer and the laying on of hands by the confirming bishop, the Church also asks God to give them power through the Holy Spirit to enable them to live in this way.
Churches with candidates represented at the service are from many parishes in the Rotherham area: St James Clifton, St Mary Greasbrough, St Cuthbert Herringthorpe, St Thomas Kimberworth, St John Kimberworth Park, Rotherham Minster, St Leonard & St Peter Thrybergh, and St Alban Wickersley.
At the service, which starts at 7.30pm, each candidate will be presented to the Bishop of Sheffield, the Rt Revd Dr Steven Croft, after being prepared for confirmation in these parishes where they live.
After the service there will be a firework display to bring the celebrations to an end.
Vicar of Rotherham, Canon David Bliss, said: “I am delighted that we are again holding a Confirmation Service at Rotherham Minster when 28 candidates from eight churches will be confirmed by Bishop Steven. This is a great number from Rotherham alone, and echoes trends across the diocese”
He added: “This is a very special moment in each candidate’s life and I hope it will be a memorable occasion for them all.”