It was wonderful on Sunday to have Bishop Jonathan with us to confirm eleven members of our congregation, baptising three of them. Some were teenagers, some were adults. All are now filled with the Holy Spirit.
Confirmation Classes run every September – November at St Mary’s and in February – April at Good Shepherd. Confirmation completes the identity given at Baptism by sealing it with the Holy Spirit (See Acts 8:14-17). The people confirmed yesterday are now also ready to receive Holy Communion, the Lord’s Body and Blood, given for the life of the world.
Two candidates gave testimony during the Mass, both of whom testified to the power of Jesus at work in their lives, transforming doubts and uncertainties, calling them to be members of the church community.
Friends and family of the candidates joined the usual Sunday congregation for this celebration. The Mass was followed by a Bring and Share party, where we all bring food to enjoy at the party in Kemble Hall afterwards.