Frequently asked questions about Confirmation

  • How do I find out how to join a confirmation preparation group?
    • Ask your local priest. He/she will be able to let you know when preparation groups are taking place.
  • If I attend a confirmation group, must I be confirmed?
    • No, you will be able to decide if you wish to be confirmed or not. You must be sure in your own mind that you are ready to make the commitment and become part of the local church.
  • My job has irregular hours so I could not attend a group at the same time each week.
    • Talk with your priest. It may be possible to make special arrangements to fit your work schedule.
  • What happens if I want to be confirmed but still have doubts about some of the things that Christians believe?
    • It is all right to have doubts and you don’t have to believe everything! You can share your doubts with your priest and discuss if you are ready for confirmation or should delay it. When we recite the Creed, we are describing what the Church believes and we are all growing into that faith.  It is not meant to be a personal test but an acknowledgement of the faith that has been passed on from age to age.
  • Is there a charge for confirmation?
    • No.
  • I am an adult.  Can I be baptised without being confirmed?
    • In the case of adults, it is normal to be baptised and confirmed at the same time. We do however, recognise that some people need to take it step by step, so please talk to your priest about it.
  • I cannot prove that I was baptised, what do I do?
    • Your priest may be able to help you to check baptism records. If you cannot prove that you have been baptised, you can be ‘conditionally’ baptised and this normally takes place privately before the Confirmation.
  • I was confirmed when I was too young to really understand what I was doing.  Can I be confirmed again?
    • No, you cannot be confirmed again but you can attend the confirmation preparation course and renew your baptism promises at the Confirmation Service and the Bishop will pray for you.
  • I belonged to a church that does not have confirmation by a bishop. I have been baptised so why do I need to be confirmed?
    • You are always welcome to worship with us without being confirmed, but if you intend to worship with us on a regular basis you may find that confirmation gives you a greater sense of belonging.
  • I am housebound and cannot get to church. Can I still be confirmed?
    • Yes.  Someone can visit you at home to help prepare you for Confirmation.  The Bishop will confirm you in your own home and someone from your local church will bring you Holy Communion on a regular basis.
  • Why does a bishop do the confirmation?
    • The Bishop is the chief pastor and teacher of the diocese and by tradition he does not delegate confirmation to the other clergy. It provides you with an opportunity to meet the bishop who through his ordination and office is linked with the apostles.