In the Old Testament part of the Bible, parents were encouraged to pass on the stories of God's wonders to their children and they were given a symbol to mark their children for God. We believe in the sacrament of Baptism, but there comes a time in every life when we need to claim the promises of God for ourselves. This is why we encourage everyone in our Church, young and old, to explore the idea of being confirmed.
Every 2 years, Sam and Simon run a course called “CY” (See Why) which looks at Mark’s Gospel under the following headings:
- CY all this is worth exploring
- CY Jesus matters
- CY Jesus came
- CY Jesus died
- CY Jesus lives
- CY God accepts us
- CY we should believe this stuff
- CY and how we pray
- CY the Holy Spirit came (Day away)
- CY the commandments matter
- CY we say creeds
Once people have been through the course, and had time to consider the truths of the Christian faith, they are able to make their own decision about whether they want to confirm their faith at a special service in the Cathedral and receive prayer and the laying on of hands from our Bishop.