For the last few months, Alex has been going through the confirmation at church. For those that are unfamiliar, in the Methodism, parents bring their babies usually in the first 6 months of life to be baptized. Then, in 6th grade the children go through a 6-8 week class that’s taught either during Sunday school or another allotted time. Alex had homework every night that was supposed to be completed along side parents. Confirmation classes teach the child Methodism and what we believe. Their was lots of scripture reading and thought provoking discussion questions we had to go through each week for his homework. Confirmation gives the child the opportunity to learn and decide for themselves they want to be a member of God’s church and at the confirmation service they make that commitment.
Alex’s confirmation class consisted of 50 kids. Our church served dinner before hand and then we went into the sanctuary where each child and his family went up to kneel on the alter and have the preacher bless that child on his journey through faith.
Here’s a few pics after we ate dinner, before corralling to the sanctuary. Brother George says a prayer before our meal. This will be his last confirmation gathering before retirement in a couple months.
The view across the way
The cross the church presented to him during the service.
It’s at times like this as a mom, I’m a swirling concoction of emotions. Happiness, a sense of surrender, a little sadness with a dash of pride and accomplishment for your child…as well as hope that your child, while they can’t see the bigger picture now, will continue to walk in their faith and never turn against God and that someday they will be able to grasp the picture. You hope that throughout their lives they will see the importance of having a relationship with Him and know that we can’t walk alone in our faith. I hope that my kids surround themselves with good, God-loving friends, because that’s what makes life sweeter.
Alex and Rob’s Mom and Step Dad – So glad they came to support him.
Alex was smiling right at me. BC’s face in the back row was funny.
Confirmation Class 2016