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THE HERALD FRIDAY OCTOBER 7 2016


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Confirmation no longer needed for Holy Communion


ANYONE who has been


baptised will be able to receive Holy Communion in church, regardless of whether they have also been confirmed, under new guidance coming into effect in November. The Church in Wales is re-adopting


the practice of the early church on admission to Communion - the sharing of bread and wine - in an effort to strengthen ministry to children and young people in particular. In recent times, people wishing


to receive Communion have usually had to have been confirmed first – confirming promises made on their behalf at their baptism as infants. However, from the First Sunday


in Advent – November 27 – everyone who has been baptised will be able to receive Holy Communion. The policy will be rolled out across the parishes and ministry areas over the next year. Announcing the change in a


pastoral letter, the Church’s bishops said: “In the Church today, there are many who believe that the witness of the Church to Jesus Christ, and the process of nurturing children and young people in the Christian faith, would be immeasurably strengthened by recovering this earliest symbolism. Baptism alone should be seen as the


gateway into participation in the life of the Church, including admission to the Sacrament of Holy Communion. “In conjunction with advice


from the Doctrinal Commission of the Church in Wales, and from the Governing Body, the Bench of Bishops wishes now to re-adopt the practice of the early Church with respect to admission to Holy Communion. It is our conviction that all the baptised, by virtue of their Baptism alone, are full members of the Body of Christ and qualified to receive Holy Communion.” However, the bishops warned that


as children under five were not allowed alcohol, they should only be offered Communion in one kind - the bread. Parental permission would also be required for older children to receive the wine so parishes would need to keep clear records. The bishops said the policy would


lead to a strengthened understanding of the rite of Confirmation. “It will be no longer the gateway


to Communion, but take its proper place in the sacramental acts of the Church as a channel of God’s grace, affirming disciples of their place in the fellowship of the Church and commissioning them for service in the Church and world.”


19 News Mark Collins appointed Chief Constable THE POLICE AND CRIME


PANEL have confirmed the appointment of Mark Collins as the new Chief Constable of Dyfed-Powys Police. Dyfed-Powys Police and Crime


Commissioner Dafydd Llywelyn said: “I am very pleased to announce that, following the completion of the rigorous recruitment process, my preferred candidate, Mark Collins, has now been officially appointed the new Chief Constable of Dyfed-Powys Police. “I am grateful for the response


of the workforce, and from our communities, when I set out to establish the type of Chief Constable we required for Dyfed-Powys Police. In reflecting on this feedback, and in considering the policing priorities I will be laying out, I believe we have selected a Chief who above all else will improve the organisation and the service it provides to the public. “I was very pleased with the


interest shown by those keen to lead Dyfed-Powys Police and am very much looking forward to continuing this journey with the new Chief Constable, in developing the force’s future. “In accepting the offer, Mark


emphasised how delighted and privileged he feels in having the opportunity to work with us in serving


PCC Dafydd Llywelyn: With newly appointed Chief Constable Mark Collins (Pic. Dyfed-Powys Police)


the communities across the Dyfed- Powys Police force area.” Mark Collins is currently the Deputy


Chief Constable of Bedfordshire Police, but he has a long association with the Dyfed-Powys area and, in fact, began his career in the police service when he was appointed as a Special Constable in Carmarthen in 1987. His commitment to policing was


cemented in 1991 when he became a Police Constable and joined the Metropolitan Police, but shortly returned to Dyfed-Powys Police in 1995 as a Constable in Cardigan. Over the next 10 years, he worked


in all four counties serving at every rank to Superintendent in Uniform and CID. In 2006, Mark was promoted


to lead the Wales Extremism and Counter Terrorism Unit (WECTU). In more recent years, he served as the ‘Preventing Violent Extremism Deputy National Coordinator’ based in London with a national remit, a Borough Commander with the Metropolitan Police, and most recently has been both Assistant Chief Constable and Deputy Chief Constable at Bedfordshire Police. He lives in Carmarthenshire with his wife.


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