On the 5th December 2021 in St James Church, Slaithwaite, we celebrated the confirmation of seven people who stood up to make their faith known and public. The Right Reverend Dr Jonathan Gibbs, the Bishop of Huddersfield, invited our confirmation candidates, Pippa, Claire, Marian, Rachel, Helen, Geri and Lu to come forward… and asked them: “Are you ready with your own mouth and from your own heart to affirm your faith in Jesus Christ?” and all replied “I am”.
Bishop Jonathan then spoke to each of them in turn and said
God has called you by name and made you his own. Confirm, O Lord, your servant with your Holy Spirit. Amen.
St James felt so alive with a wonderful congregation that had joined us as guests of the candidates, and members of Shred Mission Church, St Bartholomew’s in Marsden and St James in Slaithwaite came together to celebrate and support Pippa, Claire, Marian, Rachel, Helen, Geri and Lu as they made their commitment to Christ. The music group led us in wonderful hymns and afterwards the churches together had laid on a massive feast of great food and cakes.
I feel truly blessed to be part of this community and to be even a small part of the journey of faith that is being taken here.
I would be delighted to talk to anyone else from our villages who would like to explore the Christian faith in more depth. It is the journey many start at baptism.
The Reverend Graeme Holdsworth, Vicar