Another Confirmation Blog

Here’s another update for our youth confirmation candidates. All are welcome to read it, but this applies specifically to them!

Confirmation is just three weeks away, May 15th! Once those who do choose to are confirmed, this group will be a little less academic, and more about formation and ministry. Think hard about how we should continue once you are initiated into the life and ministry of the church.

I told the candidates at our last meeting that I’d send them some resources to help ease their anxiety about the spiritual autobiography. That, and several other to-do’s and resources are below. I like lists. Go down the list.

  • Spiritual Autobiography: See the attached .doc Confirmation 2016 for a description of the task, and some questions to help you on your way. Remember, it’s an exercise, not an assignment. It won’t be graded. It will take effort. Three pages is easy if you consider three phases or events in your life, and consider where God may have moved in that place. Candidates agreed they should be due May 8th.
  • Podcast: For those of you that missed the sermon, especially if you missed it because of a card game, you need to listen to it here. It pertains to our last class.
  • Commit yourself to a ministry!: You should be involved in a ministry of church by now. If you haven’t found one, talk to me. We have lots of them. And if we don’t have one you think we ought to have, let’s get it started! (See attached .doc)
  • Poll: Please respond and let me know two things:
    1. How many in your family will be at the bishop’s dinner on May 14th
    2. How many of you will be at the morning and afternoon classes on Mother’s Day, May 8th?
    3. Candidates, Mother’s Day is May 8th!
  • Confirmation Form: Please complete the attached Confirmation Form and return it soon as you can. We need the information to pass on to the bishop and to properly record the sacrament in the church records.

Confirmation 2016

Youth Confirmation Form

This Week in Youth Confirmation

An interesting idea for this Sunday has emerged, and I need to hear from YOU on what we should do about it!

This Sunday at 3pm is a convocation meeting at Grace House on the Mountain in Wise County. It’s about an hour’s drive, but here’s the good that can come out of it:

  • a chance to see church polity on the convocation level
  • Deacon Preston will present on his trip to Haiti
  • Evening Prayer in their beautiful outdoor chapel

I expect it’ll take two hours, and we’ll be home around 6pm. Because Kathy Dunagan and Chris Yoder are already going, I think we’ll have transportation covered. What I need to know from you is if we can do it. Could you email or text John with your preference?

A. Let’s have morning and afternoon class and then go to Convocation at Grace House.

B. Let’s have morning class, then come back and go to convocation House.

C. Let’s have morning and afternoon class, and skip Grace House.

FYI, Grace House located at 14430 Marshalls Retreat Rd, St Paul, VA 24283, and you can read more about their mission here.