St Johns East Malvern


Jesus said, ‘I am the way. Follow me’

In the early church, Confirmation was part of the baptism service. As the church grew and adult baptism gave way to the baptism of infants, confirmation and baptism were separated.

Today two groups of people seek to be confirmed – those who were baptised as infants but now wish to make a mature confession of faith – and those choosing baptism and confirmation as adults. For those who were baptised as infants, individuals now wish to affirm for themselves the promises made on their behalf at their baptism.

Confirmation occurs once a year and is a joyous and festive occasion. The Bishop visits to lay hands on each candidate and to anoint them with oil – a rite repeated from the earliest days of the church.

Preparation for confirmation involves participation in a series of classes at which the fundamentals of Christian life and faith are explored and discussed. Attendance at Saint John’s and community service for an extended period are also expected.

Please contact the Vicar if you seek to be confirmed.