by Tricia Guerrero, Pastoral Associate for Family Ministries
This spring, eight youth are making their way through Confirmation class. This is not a “class” with note-taking and tests. This is a chance to explore what it means to be Christian, United Methodist, and a Child of God. We prioritize it as a space for youth to ask questions, bring doubts, and authentically explore church and faith. When we ask together in community and dare to question what we think we know, we become stronger and find deeper meaning in the faith we find along the journey.
One special aspect of Confirmation is the Friend in Faith, someone in the church community with whom youth are paired and become pen pals, prayer partners and receive the gift of an inter-generational friendship. These wonderful Friends in Faith serve as tangible evidence of the church’s vow to support and nurture young people. They embody relational theology, in which relationships with others is a way that we can grow in our understanding of God. Friends in Faith, most importantly, are personal support for the Confirmand as they explore and decide for themselves their place in the church and their relationship with God.
This journey is a communal journey and each person in this church community is invited to pray for the confirmands along the way. Another favorite tradition is that each confirmand receives a prayer square that has been made by our Prayer Quilt Ministry and prayed over by the community during worship. This year, we will be offering a way for everyone to pray for the confirmands during worship on March 14 and 21. Stay tuned for more details.