All year, three of our youth have been meeting with me to prepare for their confirmation. They have also had mentors in Yajeh, Jackie and Adam respectfully. It’s sort of our church’s special effort, adding on to all the years of Sunday School and Sundays of worship, to prepare youth to become adults in the faith.
In our tradition, most children are baptized as babies. Their parents and the church promise at that point that they will do what they can to help this child on a walk of faith. That infant grows up and usually around age 13 in our tradition, in light of his or her way to increasing independence and the other challenges of adult that are coming upon her or his horizon, is invited to take on the promises of faith for her or himself.
Anna, Madelyn and Warren will present their own personal statements of faith in worship on Sunday, June 3. They will also be the first to receive communion that day. They will then serve communion first to their mentors, and all the rest of us. In so doing, we will reflect that they are now welcomed into spiritual adulthood in the life of our church. Yes, of course, they have years of transition as they make their way through all the changes of their teen years. But, church, in our eyes, they are becoming our equals, with all the same rights and responsibilities in Christ’s church.
We are all encouraged to be in church that morning to welcome these young people into their new maturity, or even majority, in Christ.