Student Confirmation Class 2024

Sunday, April 14, we will celebrate churchwide as 12 students participate in the 2024 Confirmation Service. This will be a time of recognition for students affirming their faith.

Since last fall, students ages 13-16 have been learning what it means to believe in and follow Christ.

For about nine months, students met weekly for lessons and discussions with volunteer leaders, including Alan and Deb Sanderson, Will and Nicole Cologna, and Bob Casady. Together, they discussed key questions of faith, covering topics like free will, grace, sin, and more. Along the way, they have visited other churches and denominations.

Alan and Deb Sanderson, who serve together as a couple, are continually amazed by the students. “Every time we hear the kids ask and discuss questions, our hearts swell,” Deb said. For the past two years, the Sandersons have had the opportunity to go through confirmation with their grandsons, Noah and Luke (pictured left).

“I can assure you that this confirmation process inspires questions and dialogue about faith not just here at church but at home too,” she shared.

Nicole Cologna has helped with confirmation classes for more than 15 years and still enjoys it!

“Each year, I notice a lot of digging deeper for answers about why we choose to follow Jesus. The students are eager to learn.” In Luke 11:9 it says, ‘So I say to you: Ask, and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.’ These students are following this command and discovering much!

When it comes to discussing topics of faith, both Nicole and Deb agree there is a big difference from week one to week four. The openness and bond between the students and leaders continues to grow month after month.

“One of my favorite things is hearing the students say, ‘Wow, I never thought about it that way,’” Deb added.

Confirmation Services will take place during both morning services on April 14. All students will share in a special time of prayer and blessing; additionally, students who have not been baptized before will be baptized. You will not want to miss this special morning as we encourage the next generation at Schweitzer Church.

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