“Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying,
Last month a number of youth in our church were baptized and confirmed after participating in a nine-month Confirmation program. An additional youth, who had been confirmed previously and wanted to delve into her faith further, joined them. Over the months the group delved into scripture, learned about our traditions, shared experiences and had deep discussions. They took a field trip to historic sites in Baltimore where Methodism started and became more involved in the life of our church. One of their fathers led the group in PUMC’s Operation Christmas Child mission project, while parents, grandparents, and church family members supported them in other ways. Everything culminated in worship when we watched them begin a new chapter in their lives, as they either declared their faith in baptism or confirmed the vows made for them at baptism.
By affirming their faith these youths pledged to serve as Christ’s representatives in the world, ready to respond to the Lord like the prophet Isaiah: “Here I am, send me!” It is now up to our congregation to continue urging them on in God's love and to incorporate fully the gifts each brings. You might engage them in a faith discussion, ask for their help with community outreach or get them to show you how to give electronically with our church’s new QR code. I speak from experience when I say you will be blessed by whatever way they participate with you in the service of God. Please make sure to introduce yourself and get to know them.
Peace, love, and join Christ,