At confirmation, Christians who have already been baptised affirm publicly their commitment to Jesus Christ as their chosen way of life. Christ Himself said that He was the way, the truth and the life (Gospel of Saint John, 14.6). At their confirmation, Christians renew the promises which they themselves (or their parents and godparents on their behalf) have made at their baptism: to reject all evil, to repent of their sins, and to come to Christ as the way to life in all its fullness. Confirmation is an opportunity for Christians to declare in full maturity their commitment to Christ.
In the Church of England, the sacrament of confirmation is administered by the Bishop. Just as in the time of the Apostles (for example in Acts of the Apostles, 8.14-17) the bishop lays his hands on the head of the candidates and prays that they may receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. Candidates for confirmation may choose a sponsor (the equivalent of a godparent at baptism) who often joins the bishop and the parish clergy in the laying on of hands.
At confirmation candidates are made full members of the Church of England. On the Sunday after their confirmation children frequently make their first communion. Our confirmation service is normally shared between a number of churches in the Slough area, and takes place about every six months. We aim to prepare candidates for confirmation twice a year. We provide preparation for children between the age of 12-14, as well as for adults who seek to be confirmed. Anyone interested in receiving confirmation should contact one of the clergy.