taking the next step

Confirmation marks the point in the Christian journey at which we affirm for ourselves the promises made on our behalf at our baptism. It is a special service – often held in Salisbury Cathedral and led by one of the bishops in the Salisbury Diocese. See below for more information.

Here are pictures from one such service held in 2019 – when choir members Kerra and Jenna were among 45 people, ranging from 10 to 68 years of age, confirmed by the Bishop of Salisbury, the Rt Revd Nicholas Holtam, assisted by the Bishop of Ramsbury, the Rt Revd Andrew Rumsey, and the Bishop of Sherborne, the Rt Revd Karen Gorham.  In all there were four candidates from St John’s.  They were supported by our Vicar the Revd Juliette Hulme, and our Licensed Lay Minister, Canon Judy Anderson.

Confirmation – more

In Confirmation, God assures us of his love and gives us the gifts of the Holy Spirit to strengthen us to do his will as we answer Jesus’ call to discipleship and promise to follow him.  This affirmation is confirmed through prayer and the laying on of hands by the confirming bishop, usually one of the three bishops serving the Salisbury Diocese. You may be confirmed if you are baptised and are old enough to answer responsibly for yourself. From time to time we run  short courses for those seeking to be confirmed that would also be appropriate for adults seeking baptism. If you have not already been baptized, adult baptism and confirmation could take place at the same service. If you wish to know more about confirmation, please contact the Parish Office.