Sometimes people are surprised to hear that it is possible to make a confession in a Church of England church, but it is a practice particularly welcomed by those seeking to deepen their faith or acknowledge previous fault.
The Sacrament of Reconciliation (sometimes known as Confession) is an opportunity to confess our sins before God in the presence of a priest and to hear that God forgives us. It can be particularly helpful to relieve one’s conscience if it is troubled by weighty or difficult matters.
Anglicans summarise our understanding of confession with the phrase, “all may, none must, some should” because we believe that all benefit from making a confession, but that it is not necessary for everybody.
If you struggle with guilt, or self-worth and find it difficult to accept forgiveness, you might find confession a gentle way to confront these difficulties. It is an opportunity to share one’s vulnerablilities with another person, and be met with gentleness and compassion. Confession is heard under the “seal” of absolute secrecy.
Confession can be made by appointment with a priest at King’s Lynn Minster. You will be supplied with a booklet, and do not need to bring anything with you.
If you would like to explore the possibility of making a confession, or to have a conversation with a priest, please contact the parish office.