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27th May 2018 Confirmation Service at St Nicholas

27th May 2018, St. Nicholas, Dereham. The Rt. Revd. Jonathan Meyrick, Bishop of Lynn, celebrated at the Sunday Parish Communion, where he confirmed 3 candidates, Niko Sinclair, Amanda Peart and Julie Benstead. This was a 'moving' service with some very special moments, as illustrated in the following photographs.

     

Following an inspirational sermon by Bishop Jonathan, the candidates were asked if it was their decision to affirm their faith in Jesus Christ. Renouncing sin and turning to the light of Christ.The candidates then joined in with the congregation to profess their faith in the words of the Creed.Then followed the signing of the cross with oil on each candidate's forehead and the laying on of the Bishop's hand on each head. followed by prayers for those having just been confirmed.

      

      Amanda Peart                                            Julie Benstead                                    Niko Sinclair  

   

Having received their first communion from Bishop Jonathan, Amanda Julie and Niko were given a candle to represent the 'Light of Christ'  with the Bishop's words, "Receive this light . Walk in the light of the Lord and rejoice in His presence" with the congregation's response, "Shine as a light in the world to the glory of God the Father". Finally there was the 'commission'  to worship and serve God, followed by the Bishop's blessing.

A very special day for Amanda, Julie and Niko, as they stand alongside Bishop Jonathan with their candles following their confirmation. We hold you all in our prayers, now you have made your decision to follow the Way, the Truth And the Life, through Jesus Christ our Lord.