Confirmation October 2016
On Sunday 2 October the Bishop of
Reading came to St Peter’s with Bishop Pushpa, the Bishop of Nandyal, a partner
diocese in South India. Bishop Andrew
first met the members of the Sunday School and their parents over tea and toast
in the church hall He then led our 10am
service at which he conducted a baptism
and nine confirmations.
Bishop Pushpa read the Gospel
Andrew gave each of those to be confirmed a small hand-carved, olive wood cross from the
In his address he reminded us of the ever-supportive presence of the risen Jesus symbolised by the empty cross. Holding on to the cross literally in the case of his gifts to the confirmees and metaphorically in our daily lives gave us strength to live as Jesus taught us in the certain knowledge that even when the going got tough He was there to help us.
The Sunday School joined us part way through the service in time for the confirmation. And to the Bishops’ clear delight they were wearing mitres they had made. Bishop Andrew then invited the “little bishops” to join him around the altar during the Eucharistic Prayer.
Bishop Pushpa gave the blessing in her native language before we all headed, excited and full of joy, to the church hall for coffee and cake. We felt, as Bishop Andrew had said, like a truly inter-generational church.