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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 2023

There are two Diocesan Services of Confirmation at Winchester Cathedral this year. The first took place on the eve of Pentecost, on Saturday 27 May. The second service will take place on the eve of the feast of Christ the King, on Saturday 18 November 2023 at 5.30pm.

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

Further Parish Dates 2023
  • Sunday 29 October, St Christopher’s, Bournemouth, 10am
  • Sunday 15 October, St John’s Moordown, 4pm
  • Sunday 5 November, Christ Church Colbury, 11am
  • Sunday 12 November, Christ Church Highfield, 6:30pm
  • Sunday 26 November, Whitchurch Deanery, 10.30am