‘The Seal of The Spirit’
On the 13 th of December 2015, 25 young people took the bold step of affirming their
baptismal vows by undergoing the rites of the confirmation, at The Historic St. Andrew’s Church, Georgetown, Exuma. In the presence of the Bishop of The Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands, the Right Reverend Laish Z. Boyd, the candidates proudly and boldly proclaimed their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and affirmed their commitment to live, work, and labour for Him.
The candidates, who represented each of the five locales within the Parish, were
presented to the Bishop by The Rector, The Rev’d Father Ethan P. J. Ferguson and the
assistant curate Rev. Paulette Cartwright in grand style on this occasion. Adding to the
brilliance of the evening was the fact that of the 25 candidates, 8 were adults who had
made the decision not only to follow Christ, but to adhere to the teachings, traditions
and practices of the Anglican Faith. Another historic moment was made in this
confirmation event as eight of the candidates, in preparation for their confirmation, had to be baptized and St. Andrew’s held a full immersion baptism, not the first of its kind but definitely one of the largest.
Bishop Boyd, in his usual conversational style sermon challenged the confirmands, as
well as the supporting congregation to view the Rite of Confirmation as a production,
where the stage for their Christian lives can be set and acted out. He challenged them
to see themselves as dynamic participants in their faith walk and to not only become
Anglicans but to becoming productive Anglicans. He likened the work of ministry as to
that of the actors and actresses in their favorite TV shows, reminding them that
regardless of how lovely the set is and how well written the plot is, unless the actors and actresses show up and say the lines, there will be no show. The church is much like
that, the building is the setting and the altar guild ensures that its beautified weekly, we
have the Bible, the Red Book of Common Prayer and the hymnals which are the scripts,
but until and unless the people (who are the actors) show up to do and be the church,
nothing will be done.
Finally, he reminded them that confirmation was not to be viewed or likened to a
graduation; and dared them to not “make this the last time” that they are in service until their weddings and or the baptism of their children. The confirmands were further
encouraged by the Bishop to find “something” within the church to do. He reminded
them that they are called by Jesus to do work and not just to make up a number.