The Honorary Assistant Bishop in the Diocese of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich recently visited Haverhill’s St Mary’s Church for a special confirmation service.
Bishop Graeme Knowles anointed each of the newly-confirmed Christians, who ranged in age from 11 to 70-plus, and all renewed the promises made on their behalf when they were baptised.
They all then received the bread and wine of Holy Communion for the first time.
The candidates, Tracy Sevenoaks, Helen Pearson, Robert Grace, Rt Rev Graeme Knowles, Eliza Keeble, James Terry, Kath Garrod and Sheila Ledain, were supported by the congregation of around 100 people, who promised to foster and nurture them in their faith.
After the service, Bishop Graeme said: “It was such a pleasure to be in Haverhill and to celebrate this special time with the candidates, their friends and family.”
Graham Owen, assistant priest at St. Mary’s said: “The service was a wonderful event, not just for those confirmed, but also for the whole church family.
“This year we had the largest number of confirmation candidates that we have had for several years, and the range of ages and backgrounds of the group reflects Jesus’s teaching that the church is for everyone.”