Around 40 young people attended our first post-Covid Confirmation Day, in Stranorlar, on Saturday 25th February, 2023. They gathered in the Parish Hall, next to St Mary’s Church, for a day of biblical teaching combined with activities.

The get-together was organised by the Diocesan Youth Officer for Derry and Raphoe, Claire Hinchliff, who was assisted by our Children’s Ministry Officer, Kirsty McCartney, and the chairperson of the Derry and Raphoe Youth Board, Rev Peter Ferguson.

There were around a dozen adult leaders there to ensure that the Diocese’s safeguarding responsibilities were met.

The young people were addressed by Bishop Andrew, who will be confirming them later this year. The Bishop said that those different Confirmation Services would be among the biggest privileges of 2023 for him.

Claire declared the day a huge success from the diocese’s point of view. She said she and the other leaders were greatly encouraged by the number of young people who came along. More importantly, she said, the day was a great success for the dozens of young people who engaged in the teaching and games, made new friends, and whose preparation for confirmation was enhanced by today’s experience.