Confirmation is open to students in Year 9 at secondary school. The programme runs from November to June. The Confirmation Services take place at Pentecost.
Parish Confirmation Programme
Every year about 30 young people from Year 8 and above join the parish Confirmation preparation programme which runs from November to Pentecost and is led by a team of 4 catechists.
As well as broadening their faith we aim to help our young people grow in confidence so that they will be better equipped to share in Christ’s mission to bring love, justice and peace into the world. But the Confirmation Programme is not an end in itself: it is one of the many steps on the road we all travel as Christians.
Is Confirmation for me?
If you think that the Church is stuffy, or has little value in today’s world, or is just something for older people, then think again!
Our programme is lively and challenging, presented in lots of different styles: PowerPoint; DVD; rock music; drama; role play; speakers; interactive prayer methods; and group discussion.
Drawing on a wide range of up-to-date resources, we have put together a programme to help you discover more about your faith. We want you to be able to relate Church to your daily lives and see how your faith, and the way you approach it, is an essential part of your development as a young adult. Being confirmed helps guide and shape relationships; decision-making; life-style choices and values.
We hope that being confirmed will really change your life and help you see how your Christian faith has a positive impact on the way you think and act, enriching the way you relate to one another, to your families and to God.
Our young people are a very important part of the community of St Peter’s and we value your contribution to parish life.
During the programme as well as our weekly meetings we also have our own Retreat. This is an enjoyable and interactive spiritual experience that explores the different aspects of the Holy Spirit which are received at Confirmation.
Using eight mini-sessions or ‘zones’, some quiet and reflective; some interactive; some lively; some just plain silly (but with a meaningful message!) and employing many different techniques of presentation, our small groups engage in a series of short worship and reflection experiences that open up new ways of getting to know God.
After Confirmation there are many opportunities to keep in contact with the Church community and your Confirmation group through our newly formed Youth Group, supporting the First Communion Preparation, Reading in Church and especially supporting the parish efforts in the Winter Shelter and Food Bank