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Confirmation Usually Takes Place After a Person has Explored His or Her Faith With Others in the Church

Most churches offer confirmation preparation where key aspects of the Christian faith can be explored, and details of the confirmation service and the statements and promises a person makes are discussed.

This will include helping you to play a fuller part in the church and identifying points that will help you to grow as a Christian. The confirmation service also requires the congregation to make promises to support the confirmation candidate in his or her faith journey.

Confirmation is an important milestone, and the Confirmation services across the Diocese in the coming year provide an exciting opportunity to hear what God is doing in the lives of individuals and to see how he is building up our communities.

Upcoming Confirmation Dates 2024

There will be two Diocesan Services of Confirmation at Winchester Cathedral this year. These will be taking place on:

  • Saturday 18 May, 6pm, Winchester Cathedral
  • Saturday 23 November, 6pm, Winchester Cathedral

These services are open to people from across the Diocese who have been prepared by local clergy. There will also be Services of Confirmation taking place in parish churches during the year. If you know of people interested in Confirmation, please ask them to speak to any member of clergy to explore this. For the Cathedral services, local clergy are asked to be in touch with Lucy Hole at the Cathedral, and for arranging services in parish churches with Sue Pakenham-Walsh, the PA to the Bishop of Basingstoke, or Rhiannon Balme, the PA to the Bishop of Southampton.

The Confirmation application form below can be downloaded and sent to Lucy Hole at the Cathedral.

Confirmation Application Form Download

Further Parish Dates 2024

Bishop of Winchester:
  • Sunday 12 May, St Swithun’s School (for information only)
  • Sunday 19 May, 6pm, Winchester College
  • Sunday 26 May, Afternoon (TBC), St James by the Park, Southampton (ZINAFE)
  • Sunday 29 September, 9:30am, St Paul’s Winchester
Bishop of Basingstoke
  • Sunday 28 April, 11am, Christ Church Winchester
  • Sunday 5 May, Morning (TBC), Sherborne St John
  • Thursday 9 May, 6pm, St Mary’s, Old Basing
  • Sunday 19 May, Morning (TBC), Popley
  • Sunday 23 June, 10am, Oakley
Bishop of Southampton
  • Sunday 2 June, 10am, Parish of the Four Saints (TBC)
  • Sunday 16 June, Morning (TBC), Sopley

To find out more about any of these services, please contact the relevant incumbent. More information will be available in due course.