Passover is the ancient Jewish festival of Israel’s deliverance from slavery in Egypt. For many, many generations, it has been observed with a feast called the Seder, which is a family meal and a worship service with much praying and much eating. The 8th Grade Confirmation students and their parents are invited for special evening celebrating this festival. In observing the Passover Seder, we as Christians are borrowing a tradition from the living faith of Judaism. This is a wonderful opportunity for those families to experience the meal that Jesus shared with his disciples during which he instituted the Lord’s Supper.
Each youth meets individually with one of the pastors to discuss confirmation and their faith statements with the youth. This is done in the Fall of their ninth grade year.
Faith Statement and Personal Bible Verse:
Youth write a personal statement of faith, as well as choose Bible verse that has personal meaning.
Ninth Grade Retreat:
Youth have a retreat during the summer before their Ninth grade year to discuss the five promises they will make during the service of Affirmation of Baptism. These five promises will help them formulate their personal statement of faith. This time is a celebration of their Confirmation journey, and a look forward to the next step in their faith journey.
The youth come to council on the second Tuesday in October and share their faith statements and express their desire to become a full member of the congregation. The Council votes to approve the youth as confirmed, adult members of the congregation.