Confirmation Class Makes Commitment (6/30/19)

Posted by on Jul 8, 2019 in EventReport, Worship & Prayer, youth | 0 comments

June 30, 2019 was a special worship service.  Of course, you never know where God might break through- so EVERY Sunday is a special worship service.  But on this day, we held only one service (10:15 instead of 9:30 & 11:00), it was the choir’s final Sunday of the year, and one of our life-long members tearfully announced that he was leaving PUMC to serve in ministry in a paid position at another church.

And- besides all of that- the youth of our confirmation class officially joined the church.

 

Baptism & Confirmation

In the United Methodist Church, we believe that baptism is a means of grace; not a foundation of salvation.  We baptize babies as an outward and visible sign that they are children of God.  Baptism is a time for the parents to publicly commit to raising their children in the faith, and it’s a time for the church to publicly commit to nurturing and praying for that child as he/she grows in the church.

Confirmation is when the child reaches the “age of accountability.”  There’s no cookie cutter time frame for this, but generally, youth take this step somewhere around age 12 when they enter the confirmation class.  This class, led by the pastor, reviews the basics of the faith and challenges the youth consider their commitment.  At confirmation, the youth confirm (or “take on”) the vows that their parents made in their place at baptism.

 

Children of God

God knows us all and wants to have a relationship with Him.  We all have the opportunity to turn to God as His child and affirm our faith and commitment to Him.  As we grow (both physically and spiritually) throughout our lives, God stands by us like a Shepherd and guides us into His joy.  “Salvation” or “Sanctification” is a lifetime journey; a journey with many valleys and mountain tops.

Confirmation is a milestone, but it’s not the start (or end) of the journey.  As we welcome these confirmands “officially” to the church, we join with them in our own faith journeys.

 

Baptism, and Confirmation Explained…

by “Chuck Knows Church”…

The “Chuck Knows Church” videos are a lighthearted look at important church disciplines and practices.  Below are three “Chuck Knows Church” episodes   The first two explain Baptism and Confirmation.  The third episode is a followup which was produced to answer some questions about confirmation which the producers felt weren’t adequately addressed in the original version.

NOTE:  Click on the tab to open the video.  Before switching to the next video, click the “pause” button.  Otherwise you’ll hear Chuck talking on top of himself!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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