Young people receive pastoral care in the form of companionship, prayer and blessing.
A feature of Protestant self-perception
is a typical feature of Protestant identity. It affirms the reception of the individual by God. This reception by God has already been
promised in baptism and with confirmation this is affirmed by the local congregation.
Confirmation normally takes place at the
transition from childhood to adulthood. Admittedly there is no biblical
instruction concerning this, and it is not regarded as a sacrament, but it is a
feature of Protestant self-perception.
Young people receive pastoral care in the
form of companionship, prayer and blessing. They are given a personal confirmation motto or saying to emphasise
this. Confirmation classes prepare the young people for their
confirmation. They are familiarised with
the central declarations of the Christian faith and with the life of the local
church. The confirmation candidates are given an experience and an
understanding of the church in all its variety through group work, visits or work
placements, camps and holiday activities, with spiritual accompaniment on the
are also involved in confirmation education work
well as regular weekly meetings, many local congregations engage in other forms
of confirmation work such as 14-day tuition, educational courses, weekends
away, or block teaching on particular topics. This often involves volunteers,
youth workers and parents, More information about the dates for registration
for confirmation classes can be obtained from the minister or the parish
Confirmation, which is carried out during a service
of worship in the local church, gives an entitlement to personal participation
in the communion service. In addition,
those who have been confirmed are permitted to become godparents.
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