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Thursday, March 01, 2012

Praying for Our Confirmands in March and April

Confirmation is a powerful and unforgettable experience. I went through Confirmation way, way back in the '60s. I remember attending the classes which my father, as pastor, led. I still remember Confirmation Sunday. The class had six or seven kids in it and we all wore white robes and sat on the front pew. I remember the feeling of wonder at being the center of attention: Jesus' and the church's.

To children and youth today, that was a very long time ago, yet I still clearly remember it. It remains in my consciousness and continues to be an important part of who I am as a person and a Christian.

Confirmation packs that kind of power! Let's all be praying for our Confirmands in March and April that the Lord will bless and anoint their learnings and deepen their commitment as dedicated disciples of Jesus Christ. Our mission statement as a church is to make disciples of Jesus Christ. Confirmation is one important way we do that.

Our Confirmation process begins with a Parent-Student Orientation meeting on Sunday, March 4 at 10AM in the sanctuary. Then, Confirmation Classes will be held in the Youth House from 3:00-4:30PM on Sunday, March 11 through Sunday, April 22 with no class on Easter Sunday, April 8. Then, on Sunday, May 6, we will have Confirmation Sunday. During the 11AM Worship Service, the church will embrace our Confirmands, recognize and celebrate their commitments to the Lord and the Church, and receive them into the life of the Redwine United Methodist Church family.

Confirmation is offered to 5th and 6th graders, but I want any youth from 6th-12th grades who have never attended a Confirmation Class to come.

I'd like to present to you our 2012 Confirmands. These are the young people we'll be praying for by name. (Again, any older youth who haven't attended Confirmation, please let Alex and me know. We hope you'll come!)

Our 2012 Confirmation Class

5th Graders

Kenna Beaman

Kayleigh Hunt

Emory Glover

Hunter Johnson

Phenix Frier

Jayden Robertson

Tucker Rothschild

6th Graders

Georgia Warnock

Allie Grace

Jamie Robertson

Matthew McManus

One exciting thing to me is we have a new Confirmation curriculum this year in the United Methodist Church. It's called “CREDO.” The idea is that through the literature, our youth will study Christian theology, United Methodist history, tradition, worship, the local church, and personal faith formation and commitment, to name just a few. Then, they will each develop their own personal faith statement: a living faith CREDO! Join me in loving and praying for our Confirmands every day in March and April!


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