This spring, confirmation candidates from Kilmore St Aiden and St Saviour joined with St Matthew’s Church of Ireland Richhill to prepare for confirmation.
The Kilmore group is vacant at the moment and through the Rural Dean Canon Bill Adair plans were made for candidates to join under the care of Rev David Somerville, Rector of Richhill.
There were three young people from Kilmore and 12 from St Matthew’s including one adult candidate. Their names were India Lismore, Andrew Hewitt, and Nicola Faloon (from Kilmore) Nathan Ellison, Jemima Stevenson, Jake Harrison, Jayne Douglas, Callum Reddick, Adam Reddick, Anna Johnston, Danielle Megaw, Hannah Ashley, Abbie Stockton, Gareth Roberts and Richard Jenkins (from St Matthew’s).
Archbishop Richard conducted the confirmation in a service that was both colourful and lively. It began with an introit when Nicola Faloon, a candidate from Kilmore group played amazing grace on the Bagpipes. In the second verse she was joined by Callum Reddick on the snare drum. Together they set the tone for what was to come. Music for the remainder of the service was under the instruction of Jean Dundas and the parish praise group and the hymns were a mixture of traditional and contemporary worship.
After the service each of the candidates was presented with their confirmation card and an inscribed Bible. They enjoyed a supper of party food (Pizza and cocktail sausage) with drinks of Shloer and there was a chocolate fountain with pieces of fruit and marshmallows.
Rev Somerville said, “This is the first group I have prepared for confirmation since I became rector here. I was delighted to welcome the candidates from Kilmore. They mixed well with and everyone took the task seriously.”
He thanked John Philips, the parish’s part-time youth worker, for his help in preparing the candidates and hoped that each young person had examined their faith in the preparation course and that they had either chosen or affirmed their own salvation before the service. A barbecue is planned for all of the candidates later in the week and every effort will be made to find them jobs for the new communicants in their church so that their gifts and enthusiasm can find an outlet.