Confirmation: Belonging, believing, behaviour

Belonging, Believing, Behaviour was the message delivered by Auckland Diocese Bishop Ross Bay at this year’s Confirmation Service held on Sunday, 20 September in the Chapel.

The Bishop addressed the 14 candidates, parents and families on what the three B’s (Belonging, Believing, Behaviour) meant to his faith journey.  He recalled sitting with some friends at school who offered an invitation to attend their youth group one night.  He went along for a little look and thus began his voyage into Christianity.  The Bishop’s transformation didn’t happen overnight.  As he said, “It wasn’t like a lightning bolt from the sky moment, it took time”.  Belonging to a faith community transformed his approach to life. 

Confirmation is, in essence, a person’s opportunity to make an informed and mature confirmation of their Baptismal vows, a commitment to a belief in God and a desire, as much as humanly possible, to lead a life in harmony with his will and the teachings of Jesus Christ. Confirmation is a commitment to living a life of belonging, believing and behaviour. 

On behalf of the Chaplaincy team we would like to congratulate the students who took this very important step in their faith journey on Sunday. 

School House – Oscar Halliwell, Andrew Reeves

St John’s House – Posesi  Fanua, Awanuiarangi Morris

Parnell House – William Houghton, Stuart McRae

Selwyn House – Grayson Hardy, Alexander Williams

Marsden House – Oliver Brew, Joshua Parker

Middlemore House – Holly Ford, Maryann Panoho, Lucy Rasmusen

Taylor House – Sapati Apa-Fepuleai