September

As Jesus was coming up out of the water, he saw heaven being torn open and the Spirt descending on him like a dove.” Mark 1 v.10


As I reached the end of my Pilgrimage to Holy Island this month, I discovered this beautiful carved font cover in the Parish Church of St Marys, Lindisfarne. It represents the gift of the Holy Spirit touching a child during baptism.

During the baptism service we use a simple but strong creed with the statement, “We believe and trust in one God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.” This is a real antidote to the vague expression I so often hear, ‘I believe there is something out there!’

Christians believe it is possible to know that ‘something’ we call God because he has revealed himself through the pages of the Bible and through the creation around us. He has revealed his character through his Son, Jesus, who became human like us to show the Way to find peace and purpose in this life and a place in the next. Finally, he gives us his Holy Spirit who is present within us as our comforter and guide. The ‘something out there’ becomes ‘something in here'. This is the Trinity; God in three persons; Father, Son and Holy Spirit, into which we are baptised.

For many of us, this faith was professed for us when we were babies by our parents and Godparents. They promised to encourage us on our journey of faith until we are ready to make

those statements of faith for ourselves and consciously receive a fresh anointing of God’s Holy Spirit.

We call this confirmation and it can happen as a teenager, or any time in our adult life when we feel ready to make that public commitment to follow Jesus in the Way of truth and love which leads to fullness of life here and in eternity. The Bishop lays his or her hands on each candidate and prays for the Holy Spirit to refill and renew that person and help them to discover the unique

gifts God has given them to bring peace, healing and love to a broken world.

So many people have been christened as babies and even made these promises for their children and God-children, but never for themselves. Bishop Sarah is coming to our Benefice on November 20th to confirm adults and teenagers who want to follow Jesus. If you are interested to explore further the ‘something out there’ and discover the ‘something in here’ – the God who created you, who knows you and loves you…. We invite you to our confirmation preparation over the weeks ahead.

“Here I am, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me.” (Revelation 3 v.20)