Christianity: Ceremonies

Church Commissioners written question – answered at on 12 April 2024.

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Photo of Neil O'Brien Neil O'Brien Conservative, Harborough

To ask the Member for South West Bedfordshire, representing the Church Commissioners, how many confirmations there were in each year since 1994.

Photo of Andrew Selous Andrew Selous The Second Church Estates Commissioner, The Second Church Estates Commissioner

The table below shows the number of confirmations conducted in the Church of England each year since 1994.

As the Established Church, every member of the public, whatever their belief, living within a parish in England has the right to access baptism, marriage and burial services of the Church of England as long as performing that service is lawful under Canon Law.

The detailed data on the number of baptism and confirmation services is published in the annual data ‘Statistics for Mission’.

Post 2009 figures can be found here: https://www.churchofengland.org/sites/default/files/2023-11/statisticsformission2022_tables.xlsx

Pre-2009 figures can be found here: https://www.churchofengland.org/about/data-services/resources-publications-and-data#na

Year

Number of confirmations

1994

48,024

1995

43,667

1996

42,768

1997

40,881

1998

39,926

1999

37,469

2000

36,387

2001

33,367

2002

33,425

2003

31,797

2004

30,425

2005

29,833

2006

29,380

2007

27,926

2008

26,972

2009

25,028

2010

22,349

2011

22,242

2012

22,540

2013

19,883

2014

18,028

2015

16,723

2016

15,917

2017

15,253

2018

14,475

2019

13,355

2020

2,165

2021

6,388

2022

10,855

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