In 9th Grade, our youth begin confirmation class and join our high school youth group. Confirmation celebrates the moment when our youth make a first-hand claim to the faith that they received second-hand as children. It marks their transition into full adult membership of our congregation, and it provides us as a church the opportunity to confirm, again, the promises of unconditional care and love we made to them in baptism.
This celebration also comes at a stage in life when big questions loom large and everything seems up for grabs. We are not asking our youth to proclaim once and for all their sure and certain faith, rather we are inviting them to step forward and take responsibility for their own journey of faith, to promise to always seek God, and to discern their own call to Christian discipleship.
Thus, our confirmation class is designed to pass along trusted Christian practices, the habits that have sustained faithful people for generations. As our youth take this next step in their lifelong journey of faith, we trust that these cornerstone practices will serve them well along the way.
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