Confirmation September 2013
Five members of St Barnabas step up to affirm their faith
On September Magali Goblot, Benjamin Yetman, Alyssa Bartucci, Paul-Philippe Goernert and Jack Allen came before Bishop Barry Clarke to state in their own voices the promises that were made for them when they were infants. This followed a long journey together, a year and a half of classes and participation in the life of St Barnabas. There was lots of homework, including research on the Bible and on saints and heroes of the past and present. The class learned some of the great prayers of the Church, and was introduced to the Anglican Communion that spans the earth. Since all the participants are athletes, we focused on the discipline, focus, and teamwork that underlie the life of faith. And we had a lot of truly remarkable conversations. As one member wrote, ‘we always managed to get back to the topic’!
The service was enriched by the participation of many sponsors, visiting family and friends, and the youth band, performing for a first time with its new conductor Elizabeth. It was the first occasion for the people of St Mark’s church to join St Barnabas in worship, and the first event in the only just completely renovated Memorial Hall, which was stunningly decorated, and filled to capacity for an extraordinary feast. This was a day to be remembered.