Adult baptism and confirmation only take place in the context of a service at which a bishop or archbishop is present. Generally at St George’s Cathedral this is the vigil, or early morning service, on Easter Sunday, and on one other occasion during the year, often in October or November. A bishop or archbishop will always perform the baptism and confirmation.
Baptism of people over the age of 16 is included with confirmation as part of the Christian Initiation of Adults.
Adults who are baptised are asked to promise that they are willing to follow Christ, and take their place as adult members of the Church. The ceremony takes place after a period of preparation and instruction.
Those over 16 who have been baptised, as infants or as adults, may be received into full adult membership of the Church by the laying-on of a bishop’s hand in a ceremony known as confirmation.
If the person has been baptised as an infant they are asked to confirm for themselves the promises to follow Christ which were made for them at their baptism.
Confirmation is seen as a commissioning of the person for work and ministry within the Church community, according to whatever gifts and vocation they might have.