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Bishop Martyn hands one young confirmation candidate a lit candle.


Confirmation candidates receive their candle from Bishop Martyn.


Seventeen are confirmed 

Seventeen people were confirmed by the Bishop of Leicester, the Right Reverend Martyn Snow, at the Deanery Confirmation Service in St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray, on Sunday, 21st January.

Eleven members from Melton Mowray Team Parish were confirmed and they were Brian Burgess, Annaleise Burrows, Adam Chidlow, Zoe Chidlow, Jacob Hughes, Lucas Hughes, Lee Jones, Emma Moulson, Gill Needham, Christine Styles and Brian Wray.

The other candidates were, from Asfordby Group of Churches, Keith Tuckwood and Christopher Wait; St Mary's Church, Bottesford: Pamela Kearsley-Bullen, Hannah Smith and Anna Watson and Emmanuel Church, Loughborough: Kat Marjoribanks.

After the welcome and notices the processional hymn Long ago, prophets knew was followed by a greeting from Bishop Martyn. This was followed by the first reading from Titus 2:1-8, 11-14 and the hymn Like a candle flame.

The Gospel reading was taken from Matthew 4:12-23 before the Bishop's sermon. To listen to his sermon click here.


Bishop Martyn addresses the confirmation candidates.

The candidates were then presented to the Bishop by the clergy present and he then asked the candidates the following questions:

Do you reject the devil and all rebellion against God? Do you renounce the deceit and corruption of evil? Do you repent of the sins that separate us from God and neighbour? Do you turn to Christ as Saviour? Do you submit to Christ as Lord? Do you come to Christ, the way, the truth and the life?


Confirmation candidates gather round the font where Bishop Martyn sprinkled them with water.

The candidates then gathered at the font where the Bishop addressed the congregation before sprinkled the candidates with water. To view this click here.

After the hymn Take my life, and let it be, the Bishop addressed the candidates by name and anointed them with oil. To view this click here.

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Members of St Mary's Church Choir who were in fine voice during the Confirmation Service. 

The Peace was followed by the offertory hymn Lord, for the years your love has kept and guided, prayers and Communion. During Communion St Mary's Church Choir sang John Rutter's The Peace of God. After a prayer and a blessing lit candles were distributed to the candidates during the hymn Be thou my vision, O Lord of my heart. To view the candidates with their candles click here, here and here.


GOING... the candidates prepare to blow out their candles...

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GOING... the candles are nearly out...


GONE... nearly all of the flames have been extinguished.


Confirmation candidate Brian Wray is pictured with his candle and a book he was presented with after the service.


*To view other pictures taken at the Confirmation Service click here.

Congratulations to all the candidates who were confirmed and to everyone who helped to make the service so special. This weekend was a double celebration for Annaleise Burrows who was baptised in St Mary's Church, Melton, on Saturday morning by Team Rector, the Revd Kevin Ashby.


Annaleise Burrows is pictured, fifth from the left, at her baptism ceremony on Saturday in St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray, with fellow confirmation candidates and friends.

Phil Balding, 21/01/2018

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