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Confirmation Service 2017

On Sunday 7 May the Right Reverend Nicholas Holtam. Bishop of Salisbury led the service of baptism, confirmation and holy communion

Three were baptised and 40 were confirmed. The Bishop met the candidates before the service in the Portman Chapel and talked to them about the significance of the day. He gave them the lasting idea that life is to be lived as best they could with the hope that love of God remains at the centre of all they are.

The church was packed as the Bishop led the service. The Chamber Choir sang F J Haydn’s Mass in No. 6 in G, the Missa Sancti Nicolai. The hymns were We Have a Gospel to Proclaim, I Vow to Thee My Country, Jerusalem, Christ Triumphant and Tell Out My Soul. The Bryanston bellringers rang a remarkable peel to welcome everyone before the service.

Those who were confirmed had met with the Chaplain of Bryanston, Canon Andrew Haviland, for 40 minutes each week in preparation for the service. He said “It has been such a joy to get to know the pupils even better and talk about the Christian faith in some depth. We have drunk heaps of hot chocolate and eaten masses of biscuits!”

After the service a reception was held in the Cowley Room in the main school.

Canon Andrew concluded: “The whole day was a wonderful celebration of life and love. I have had some lovely letters of thanks from those confirmed and their parents. It continues to be a huge privilege to witness church growth on such a scale. These young people will help shape and develop the mission of God and Jesus’ message of love to the wider world for years to come.” 

You can view the full gallery of images from the service here.