last updated on: 12th Feb 2015
During 2015 Bishop Tim has agreed to continue with the same arrangements for organising confirmation services as were used last year. This means we will not be publishing a central list of fixed dates at the start of the year. Rather, we are inviting Area Deans, the clergy of individual parishes, or representatives of Mission Partnerships or other groups of parishes, to make their own approach to the Revd Adrian Jones, the Bishop's Chaplain, on 0116-270-3390, with suggestions for Confirmation service dates.
Both Bishop Tim and Bishop Christopher are keen to use their parochial visits, particularly on Sunday mornings, as the natural place where confirmation takes place, both as a sign of commitment and a further step of discipleship for each individual candidate, and all set within the support of the local Christian community.
Once +Tim has retired in July these arrangements will continue as before and any Commissary who is appointed to carry out the functions of the Diocesan Bishop temporarily, will also be available for Confirmations.
The diocesan guidance for host incumbents can be found here, and the Confirmation return form to be submitted by every incumbent can be found here.
Some confirmation services are already booked for 2015, and other local clergy might like to propose candidates to be confirmed at the same time. These services are:
1st February Goscote Deanery (+Tim)
8th February Groby (+Christopher)
8th March Bottesford (+Christopher)
22nd March Billesdon (+Christopher)
13th May NW Leicestershire Deanery (+Tim)
24 May Quorn (+Christopher)
5th April Leicester Cathedral (+Tim) Easter Day
7th June St James the Greater , Leicester (+Tim)
18th October Woodhouse eaves (+Christopher)
29th November NW Leicestershire Deanery
The names of candidates should be supplied to the host incumbent in plenty of time to allow for the planning and coordination of the service to be concluded with the Bishop’s Office. In addition, Bishop Tim would like to remind clergy about the importance of good preparation of all candidates, whatever their age, for Confirmation.
We will also once again be holding the annual celebration day for all the newly confirmed in the Cathedral, this year on Saturday 13th June starting at 10am. This will provide an opportunity for the Bishops and colleagues to meet with those confirmed in the last twelve months, since June 2014, and to continue the journey of faith as we learn, worship and pray together. All those confirmed since last June will receive an invitation to the event nearer the day.