Of all the ministries that take place at First Pres, none is more important than growing our young people in the faith. We have Youth Group and Children's Church which happen each week. Annual events like the Christmas Pageant, Kid's Camp and Light Up the Night involve every age group but especially aim to include the children. And now we come to Confirmation, a key moment in the church's life and in the lives of our young people as they gain the knowledge and the tools to decide to join the church. Thanks to some incredible parents and leaders who provided such heartfelt guidance these past three months, there are nine communicants in this year's class who will profess their faith this coming Sunday. Below are some excerpts from this incredible group of kids quoted from the Statements of Faith which the Confirmation Class of 2019 composed as a part of their journey.
God is the Creator of heaven and earth and of
“God is the Father Almighty and he is an immortal being
of love who will always love you.”
“God is with us at every moment in our lives.”
“God is the Creator; Jesus is the Savior, and the Holy Spirit is God within us.”
“Jesus came down to earth and made the greatest sacrifice, a sacrifice that can only be made for someone you love.”
“When Jesus gave up his own life to save us from evil, it shows that his only mission is to help us and that God loves us so much that He willingly gave His Son’s life so that we can be with him in eternity.”
“Jesus forgives my debts, cherishes me, and helps me through the roughest times of my life – no matter what it is. He is someone whom I can turn to for anything I need. He created me to be me and to love others.”
“Jesus left behind a gift for us. That gift was the Holy Spirit.”
“The Holy Spirit is what guides us to do good in our everyday lives and to strive to do better.”
“The Church is a group of people, similar to a team, always working to reach the same goal.”
“The church is like a second family to me that will never leave me. It is my powerhouse.”
"The Church is a gathering of members who have a common belief and a hope for a glorious after life – with past loved one and future loved ones.”
"Being a disciple means to follow God’s ways, read the Bible, and show your faith by being kind to others, obeying your parents and praying for others in need."
“To be a disciple in today’s world is to firmly assert your opinions and beliefs in God, Jesus, and the life to come.”
“To be Jesus’ disciple in the world today is to spread the word of the Father and the miraculous things he can do to change lives.”
“I believe that it doesn’t matter what anyone else believes,
it’s about what you believe and what God means to you.”
“Jesus is a friend to me. I love Jesus.”
Be sure to show your support this Sunday, December 8, by welcoming the Confirmation Class of 2019 to full communicant membership here at First Presbyterian Church. And after worship during the reception thank the leaders who guided them in this part of their journey into the faith: Bill Postler, Jon Powell, Marty Schank, Dan Pierce. and Will McCullar.
See you Sunday!