Last Sunday, we had the great privilege to welcome 11 confirmand students into full membership of FUMC upon the completion of confirmation. As I explained to one of our shy students, we take our confirmation vows in front of the congregation because they, as our church family, have a special responsibility in our confirmation. If you attended the 10:45 Beacon service this past Sunday, you had the important role of being present for these students’ vows, but you also pledged to uphold these new members with your presence, prayers, gifts, service, and witness.
This Sunday, May 1, we again are called to be present in the life of students, our graduating high school seniors. At one time, we made the same confirmation pledge to these seniors at their confirmation in 2016. Since making our pledge to these students, we have witnessed them grow up in and outside our church walls through their schools, activities, missions, and serving in worship services. Now we prepare with their families to send them out to have new adventures and discoveries, but our pledge is still the same: to support them with our presence, prayers, gifts, service and witness.
It has been a privilege to walk with these students through middle school and high school. There have been silly moments, hard moments, fun moments, serious moments and in all of them God has been present, loved us, and given us grace. I invite you to join me in the Beacon Service this Sunday, May 1, as we celebrate and pray over these students for their next journeys.
Our 2022 High School Graduates:
Peace in Christ,
Janice Crane, Youth Director