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 was once 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. The Tuesday of Holy Wee these families will be coming together for this Seder Meal. In Observing the Passover Seder, we as Christians are borrowing a tradition from the living faith of Judaism. According to the New Testament, the Seder was the last meal Jesus shared with his disciples, and was the setting for his institution of the Lord’s Supper. This will be a wonderful opportunity for those families.
Each youth meets with one of the pastors to discuss confirmation and their faith statements with the youth individually. This is done in the Fall of their 9th grade year.
Faith Statement/Personal Bible Verse:
Youth write a personal statement of faith. In getting ready to make promises in front of God and the congregation, youth share what their faith means to them. They also choose a Bible verse that has personal meaning.
9th Grade Retreat:
Youth have a retreat during the summer before their 9th grade year to discuss the 5 promises that they will make during the service of Affirmation of Baptism and what to expect in high school.
The youth come to council (2nd 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.