Confirmation FAQs

Congratulations on wanting to explore confirmation with the Church of England. Confirmation can be an important part of a lifetime journey of faith as a follower of Jesus Christ. The first step will be to talk to your local vicar.

When you speak to your vicar, they will usually invite you to a few meetings to help you get ready for the service. This is a good way to explore your faith with others who are also thinking about confirmation and is a safe place to ask any questions you have about God, Jesus and the journey of faith.

These are some common questions about confirmation, and the local vicar will be delighted to explain all that’s involved too.

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What is confirmation?
What happens during the service?
Will I need godparents?
Will I take Holy Communion when confirmed?
What is the right age for confirmation?
How can I tell if I am ready for confirmation?
Can I receive communion without being confirmed?
I was baptized as a child, why do I need to be confirmed?
I'm not a regular churchgoer. Can I still be confirmed?
What happens after confirmation?
What if I wasn't baptized as a child?
What does it cost?
What happens during a confirmation course or group
Do I have to wait for a group of people to be confirmed?
Can I be baptized or confirmed again?
What if I was baptized or confirmed in another denomination?
Do I need to be confirmed to be a member of the Church of England?
Do I need to be confirmed to work for the Church of England?
What is the Affirmation of Baptismal Faith?