January marked the continuance of a journey toward a new beginning for nine youth. Their journey began with baptism. “Baptism is a sacrament in which, “God uses common elements – in this case, water – as means or vehicles of divine grace. Baptism is administered by the church as the Body of Christ. It is the act of God through the grace of Jesus Christ and the work of the Holy Spirit.” UMC.org This step is usually, but not always, accomplished in childhood. At that time, the parents make the covenant with the church body for the child.
The second step is Confirmation. This portion of the journey generally happens at the beginning of adolescence but may occur at any time through adulthood. The nine confirmation candidates have spent approximately eleven weeks learning about the beliefs of the United Methodist Church. The candidates have written Statements of Faith. These will be shared with the congregation after Confirmation Sunday. The youth have made the decision to confirm their Faith through Confirmation. During this ceremony, the candidates will remember their Baptism, profess their Faith and become members of the church body. Confirmation Sunday will take place on April 12 at the 9:45 am service. Join the church body as we celebrate with our youth as they take part in Confirmation.
Interested in Confirmation or becoming a member of the church? Contact the church office at 319-626-2762 or firstname.lastname@example.org