On Tuesday evening about 70 members of the school community gathered in the school chapel to support five of our Junior School pupils as they made their Confirmation promises to the Bishop of Dover, the Rt Rev Trevor Willmott. This service happened to be one of the last official engagements for Bishop Trevor in the diocese as he retires on Sunday.
As always, Bishop Trevor led a very moving and personal service, speaking to our five friends about the responsibilities of taking such a significant step in their Christian journey. I then spoke about the privilege of listening to and praying with our Confirmation candidates as they prepared for this service.
Piers Beck Evans and Joe Garrard (in Form 5) and Marshall Chester, Joseph Goodwin and Elizabeth Scholer (in Form 6) stood up and made their promises in front of the congregation, confirming what their parents and godparents promised at their baptisms. Then each pupil was sprinkled with water to remind them of their baptisms, anointed with oil, were confirmed by Bishop Trevor and received the bread and wine as newly confirmed Christians.
Mrs Burden read the Epistle about the Spirit’s gifts and our Senior School Chapel Choir, conducted by Mr Payne and accompanied by our organ scholar, Charles Francis, sang the anthem, O Thou, the central orb by Charles Wood. The service was followed by a lot of photos in the chapel and supper in the dining hall.
Our thanks go to the Kitchen Staff who not only baked a special cake for the occasion, but who also stayed late into the evening to serve us. Talking with Piers, Joe, Marshall, Joseph and Elizabeth afterwards certainly gave the impression that they had felt richly blessed by God and each one found it a wonderful occasion.
The Confirmation candidates were all presented with special commemorative Bibles by Dr Margrett at Head’s Line today in recognition of this important occasion.