Confirmation Class 2019
Students in grade 9 and above have been participating in a year-long confirmation program to prepare them to confirm their baptism, explore their identity within the community of faith, and to become official members of Trinity United Methodist Church. They have participated in monthly classes during the church school hour as well as special sessions after church, and in weekend retreats. In addition, they have spent time getting to know their prayer partners.
They spent a weekend in February participating in Trinity’s Urban Challenge. During this time they “camped out” in the Hale Room at Trinity and spent the weekend learning more about life in Springfield. For some, taking a bus to get around the city was a new experience and helped them recognize the challenges that residents who don’t own cars have to face. They visited with residents of a retirement home and sang with them. They also prepared sandwiches as part of a local sandwich ministry and then distributed the sandwiches and other food items to homeless persons in downtown Springfield. Their time together included time for journaling and reflection on what they were learning.
Six confirmands along with Pastor Erin and other adults from Trinity spent the weekend of March 29-31 in Boston, exploring the city, reflecting on their faith, working with the Outdoor Church of Cambridge, and hanging out at Old West Church. The main component of the trip was their service with the Outdoor Church of Cambridge, a church that consists of people on the streets. As part of their work with the Outdoor Church, the confirmands prepared 70 sandwiches to distribute in Harvard Square and Central Square. The group not only offered sandwiches and juice but also spent some time getting to know the people they served. On Sunday, the group met Pastor Sara and participated in an informal service at Old West Church. This time of worship included various stations for prayer and reflection in a space surrounded by art and messages of social justice. The trip also included dinner at Quincy Market/Faneuil Hall, dessert at J.P. Licks, and plenty of time on the MBTA. It was a full weekend with many memorable moments. Just ask someone who went.
For their mission project, the confirmation class chose to sponsor a paint night to raise money for Blue Star Equiculture and Whispering Horse, the two equine organizations that will be presenting the program at our Blessing of the Animals service.
Paint Night was a fun intergenerational evening for those who gathered in Asbury Hall to try their hands at painting pictures of animals. The event raised $341 for the two organizations. Details for making additional donations are available on the Blessing of the Animals page.
The confirmands will be confirmed during the worship service on May 19 following a special breakfast for them, their families, and their prayer partners.
Our photo gallery includes pictures from the Urban Challenge weekend, the weekend in Boston with the Outdoor Church of Cambridge, and Paint Night. Out of respect for the privacy of the people they were serving, the group didn't take any pictures of their interactions handing out sandwiches and talking to the people they served.