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 Coming back to faith

We love it when people rediscover their faith. If this is you, that’s great. Angels in heaven rejoice when we repent of our sins and turn to God. You may wish to mark your renewal of faith with a ceremony as part of a church service. This new ritual is called the

Affirmation of Baptismal Faith. It is intended for those people for have been baptised and confirmed and who want a formal way of marking either that they have returned to the practice of the Christian faith or that their faith has become meaningful to them in a new way.

It consists of the following elements: a declaration that those involved have been baptised and wish to renew their faith; the renunciation of all that is evil and declaration of turning to Christ from the baptism service; an affirmation of faith using the words of the Apostles’ Creed; a declaration of commitment to God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit :

‘I answer the call of God my creator.  I trust in Christ Jesus as my saviour. I seek new  life from the Holy Spirit.’

‘God of mercy and love,In baptism you welcome the sinner and restore the dead to life.

You create a clean heart in those who repent, and give your Holy Spirit to those who ask.

Grant that these your servants may grow  into the fullness of the stature of Christ.

Equip them with the gifts of your Holy Spirit,and fill them with faith in Jesus Christ

and with love for your people, in the service of your kingdom. Amen’

    * The laying on of hands by the parish priest with the words:

‘N, may God renew his life within you that you may confess his name this day and for ever.’ ‘Amen.’

 Membership through the electoral roll

Each parish in the Church of England has to keep a register of its members. This is called the electoral roll. It is nothing to do with the local government register of electors - also called the electoral roll.

The Electoral Roll is the list of names and addresses of a church’s membership. Every person listed on the Roll is eligible to attend the Annual Parochial Church Meeting. A new roll was created in 2008 and is renewed every six years. This year and subsequent years up to 2014, the electoral role will only be amended with any new names that have been added or names of those who are no longer members taken off.

If you have come back to Church we very much hope that you will ask for your name to be added to the church electoral roll. Please speak to the vicar for details of your electoral roll officer.