On Sunday 5 May, we welcomed 29 young people to St Martin’s Church to be confirmed into the Church of England.
On what was a gloriously sunny day, the church was packed with relatives, godparents and friends of the candidates. Bishop Ian Brackley presided, aided by the School Chaplain, the Revd Canon Andrew Haviland. Bishop Ian was Chaplain at Bryanston between 1974-1980.
Canon Andrew said: “It was wonderful to welcome Bishop Ian back to the school. Many parents have commented on how uplifting the service was and having the connection with Bishop Ian made the service even more personal.”
The Chamber Choir, who had generously given up their weekend off, sang for the service. They sang the Mass No 2 in G Major by Franz Shubert and led the congregation in five stirring hymns. They also sang Geistliches Lied by Johannes Brahms and Tantum Ergo by Maurice Duruflé during the distribution of the Holy Communion.
At the end the candidates were presented with a confirmation candle and a prayer book before attending a celebratory reception in the Cowley Room in the main school building.
“It was a super service of sheer joy,” the Chaplain noted. “I hope it will be remembered by all who came for a long time to come. The young people have been a delight to get to know better. It has been a pleasure in helping to equip them with the tools to continue to ask questions about their faith and not be satisfied with trite or easy answers. It is vital the young people feel empowered to search for meaning to their life. This day is a marker on their life’s journey and the world is a better place because of them.”
Confirmation takes place each year at Bryanston School, for both the Church of England and Roman Catholic Church. For more information about the chaplaincy at Bryanston, please see the Spiritual Values page on the school’s website.