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/ 3 September 2019

St Paul’s Cathedral Confirmations, Saturday 16 November 2019, 5pm

Clergy are welcome to present candidates either for Confirmation, or Confirmation with Baptism, or Reception into the Church of England. Those wishing to present candidates are asked to contact me, Avril Coomber, the Liturgical Administration Assistant, at the Chapter House or at confirmations@nullstpaulscathedral.org.uk by Wednesday 16th October please – the earlier the better.

It is essential that we receive this information by the deadline to ensure that the relevant details can be published in the Order of Service and passed on to the presiding Bishop.

Please send me the following information for each candidate you wish to present:

  • Name
  • Address
  • Date of birth
  • Date and place of baptism
  • Current Parish
  • Name of presenting clergy at this Confirmation Service

Forms are available via the website on the Confirmation link found in the Worship and Music Section or through confirmations@nullstpaulscathedral.org.uk (or attached to this post). In order that the Bishop of Islington can know something of the people he is Confirming, and be able to pray for them more specifically before the service, please also ask your Candidates to prepare a short biography, which will then be sent to me and I will collate them and pass them to the Bishop.

If any candidates or their supporters require the services of a BSL interpreter, please inform me by Wednesday 16th October at the latest.

For the logistics of this service please could you inform me of any special needs, such as mobility, that we may need to take into consideration when arranging seating and access to information? This would be most helpful in ensuring that all our candidates have an enjoyable and memorable time on the occasion of their Confirmation.

Due to the administrative requirements associated with this service, only those candidates who have been notified to the cathedral by Wednesday 16th October, and whose information is complete by that date can be included in the service.

The Rehearsal will take place at 3pm on Saturday 16th November. Please come with your candidates, meeting under the Dome for a walk through. The rehearsal will start promptly and will last around 40 minutes. Please allow plenty of time to arrive, get to the right part of the Cathedral and be ready to start at 3.30pm. It is very unfair on the candidates if they miss part of the rehearsal, and spend the service worrying about where to be and what to. It is very unfair on young people if they miss part of the rehearsal, and spend the service worrying about where to be and what to do. After the rehearsal refreshments will be provided in the Crypt where the candidates will also meet the Bishop.

For those candidates who are also being Baptised, their Baptism will be recorded in the St Paul’s Baptism Register.

Certificates will be issued on the day to all Candidates. Please ensure your candidates provide their full names, as they wish them to appear on their certificate, when completing the “details form”.

Presenting Clergy robe in the Dean’s Aisle (surplice and white stole).

Please would you ensure that the preparation for your candidates includes the practicalities of receiving Holy Communion.

Avril Coomber


Diocesan Confirmation - November 2019 Information for Clergy (pdf)  Download  
Details to be completed by candidate - November 2019 Confirmation (pdf)  Download  
Details to be completed by candidate - November 2019 Confirmations (word)  Download  


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