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Confirmation Statistics

In the reformed rites of the Church of England (after 1559) Confirmation served to mark a public adult affirmation of faith, a sign of belonging to the wider Church and as the time of admission to the Lord's Table. Confirmation is not a Biblical practice though all these are good purposes.

In recent years the number of people being confirmed as declined rapidly partly due to falling attendance, particularly amongst young people, and because of confused teaching in the Church about the purpose of confirmation.

1950
142,294
1951
139,431
1952
148,982
1953
154,548
1954
159,957
1955
162,848
1956
167,403
1957
172,288
1958
173,177
1959
182,721
1960
190,713
1961
191,042
1962
181,623
1963
169,103
1964
156,583
1965
146,031
1966
140,134
1967
135,476
1968
125,294
1969
119,150
1970
113,005
1971
109,840
1972
106,216
1973
100,227
1974
96,379
1975
95,349
1976
94,318
1977
95,969
1978
95,969
1979
95,969
1980
97,620
1981
90,300
1982
84,566
1983
81,951
1984
79,433
1985
76,934
1986
72,652
1987
65,853
1988
63,895
1989
61,656
1990
59,616
1991
55,246
1992
57,374
1993
51,784
1994
48,024
1995
43,667
1996
42,768
1997
40,881
1998
39,926
1999
37,469
2000
36,387
2001
33,400
2002
33,400
2003
31,800
2004
30,400
2005
29,800

See Also

Brian Green analysed the reasons for the decline in Confirmation in an article published in Cross†Way No 87 2003 entitled 40 Year Nose Dive

 

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