For a good proportion of each year, I like to spend time travelling to the further parts of the Diocese. There, I stay in the parishes to meet as many people as I can and to hear their news at first hand. During my stay, there is often the opportunity to hold a confirmation service. Last year, I confirmed over 2500 who had offered themselves afresh to the Lord and had taken instruction in our Christian faith. Such numbers would not be possible without the hard work of not only our clergy but also of our Lay Readers and Catechists who give so much of their time to the work of following Our Lord and Saviour. Please remember them occasionally in your prayers as well as those being confirmed.