Our New Confirmees!
If there is such a word! We are delighted to share the good news of our Confirmation service at St Thomas the Apostle, Killinghall, when four adult members of our congregations were confirmed in a special service by our Ripon Area Bishop, the Right Reverend Dr Helen-Ann Hartley.
Helen, Susan and Jen are members of Killinghall Church and Beth is a member of Hampsthwaite Church. All four churches in the benefice came together for this joyful commitment to Christ that our four candidates made in coming to Confirmation. The service was a first in the area as Bishop Helen-Ann presided whilst her husband, Myles, very kindly played the newly restored organ – a wonderful double act!
The Confirmation group met regularly with Rev Chrissy in the run up to last Sunday to prepare for their Confirmation. Rev Chrissy said: “It is always a privilege to share in people’s Christian journeys, particularly at a time of wanting to make a greater commitment to their faith in this way. I hugely enjoyed classes, which were also attended by Jen’s baby, Fern.”
“I really valued the sessions as an opportunity to explore my faith in the wider context of my relationships as a wife, mother, daughter, friend and employee. I am looking forward to seeing what the future holds and how my Christian journey evolves,” added Jen.
Beth concluded “Being confirmed felt like a really significant moment in my walk with God. As I affirmed my faith in Jesus and felt the weight of the declarations said by me and over me, I awoke to a new awareness of (and willingness to heed) God’s call on my life. I’m excited to see what road lies ahead and to journey it with my fellow confirmees.”