Archbishop of York to lead service in Scarborough

The Archbishop of York, Dr john Sentamu, will lead a confirmation service in Scalby.
The Archbishop of York, Dr john Sentamu, will lead a confirmation service in Scalby.

The Archbishop of York will lead a confirmation service at St Laurence`s church in Scalby tomorrow.

Dr John Sentamu will confirm six people, including two teenagers, at the service at 6.30pm.

The candidates, who are parishioners of Scalby and Cloughton, have all been prepared for confirmation over the last few months by the Rev Alastair Ferneley, Vicar of St Laurence’s.

Rev Ferneley said: “We normally have around one confirmation service a year. These people are confirming their baptisms. Most are baptised with they are little but they are now making an informed commitment to the Christian faith.

“The congregation are looking forward to his visit. The focus will be on those who are being confirmed but I think quite a number of people are coming to hear what he has to say, as well as to support the candidates.”

The Archbishop looks to lead a confirmation service in each of the three archdeaconries in the York diocese every year.

The majority are taken by the Suffragan Bishops of Hull, Whitby and Selby.

Rev Ferneley said: “It wouldn’t normally be an Archbishop that takes these services but Dr Sentamu likes to keep contact with the parishes.

“This is the first time he has been to St Laurence’s. He will give a sermon as part of the service, which will be based around what the candidates are committing themselves to.”