Bishop Sarah leads confirmation service at St Anne’s Hoxton
On the Feast of the Baptism of Christ, 13 January 2019, the Bishop of London, the Rt Revd Dame Sarah Mullally DBE visited St Anne’s Hoxton in the Stepney Area to preside at baptism and confirmation. One child (Arleth) and two adults (JJ and Georgina) were baptised and Bishop Sarah confirmed and four people (Madeleine, Colin, Rose and Destiny) in the service, which was part of the main parish Eucharist.
Three of the candidates gave their testimonies, in which they described how God has been working in different ways throughout their lives. Georgina read a poem that she had written which highlighted how through times of crisis in her life, God had picked her up. Similarly, JJ talked of how he began praying after having been diagnosed with a chronic illness and how God gave him the strength to deal with the challenges this brought him. Colin (a member of the congregation of KXC) spoke how Christian leaders from his childhood in Ireland had inspired him to build deep roots and a foundation for his faith in God. He is now increasingly involved in local church leadership and was delighted to publicly affirm his faith before the Bishop.
In her address, Bishop Sarah spoke of how God calls each one of us by name, how we belong to him and how he is well pleased with each of us as we make our promise to him, referencing the readings of the day, from the book of the prophet Isaiah and the Gospel according to St Luke. She referred also to the fact that we are all people of ‘The Way’, journeying together in hope and love to Jesus.
In a joyful and celebratory service, those gathered in the congregation were invited to re-affirm their own baptismal faith and the bishop sprinkled everyone with the water of baptism.