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Anglicans Hold Confirmation Sunday

More than 25 children of Saint Thomas Anglican Church in Labasa were part of the confirmation Sunday held at their church yesterday. The Confirmation Sunday means it is the first
03 Nov 2014 07:20
Anglicans Hold Confirmation Sunday
Children of the St Thomas Anglican church in Labasa after their Confirmation Sunday service yesterday. Photo: Miriama Simmons

More than 25 children of Saint Thomas Anglican Church in Labasa were part of the confirmation Sunday held at their church yesterday.

The Confirmation Sunday means it is the first initial process of one’s inclusion into the Christian community.
The Sacrament of Confirmation is unique as it reconfirms their faith by being baptised. The Vicar of the Saint Thomas Anglican Church in Labasa, Father Kelvin Rakesh, said parents should take this time to lay the foundation on values they wanted their children to have.

He said children took part  in the Lord’s Supper when they reached the ages of nine to 11 and received the Sacraments of Confirmation when they reached the ages of 11.

“We are trying to tell and teach these little children what this means. At this stage young children at the age of 9, 10, 11 have not developed in their minds the ability to be able to make decisions on their own. At this time their faith relies on people in authority, on what the laws say and what their mum and dad say.”

Father Rakesh said parents needed to be open-minded and allowed their children to express and develop their own ideas.

“When their children grow older, hopefully the values and the teachings that were laid at an early stage of life will help them in making correct and right decisions. This event happens every year and we are pleased to see a huge number of children reconfirming their beliefs and faith in the teaching and the gifts of the Holy Spirit.”

Father Rakesh thanked Archbishop Apimeleki Qiliho who was part of the event.

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