How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity! Psalm 133:1
Over the last 3 months our junior high youth have been going through the confirmation process. They have learned about the history of the church, what it means to be a Christian and more specifically what it means to be a Methodist. They have tackled topics like salvation, grace, sin and the meaning of the sacraments of baptism and communion. They have listened and asked questions. They have shared their insights with each other. They had one more thing to do. They were asked to write their own belief statement which were then going to be compiled to make a class credo.
As they turned in their faith statements to me and I began writing their class Credo, two things stuck out to me as I was reading them. The first was their wisdom, insight and honesty that they had. These statements weren’t easy and required some critical thinking, and I could tell they had spent some time really thinking about their answers. It was apparent that this was important to each and every one of them.
The second thing that really stood out to me was in some way or another they all felt that church was a safe place. They expressed that it was a place where all were loved for who they were. I realized how lucky these youth are to be a part of Community UMC because unfortunately, not all youth have this kind of experience. There are many churches that do not allow them to be who God has created them to be. They don’t feel as if they can ask questions, have doubts or make mistakes. Here at CUMC our youth feel this is a place where they can ask questions, try out new things, make mistakes and most importantly they can be the person God created them to be. As one confirmand said, “It is a place where you are never judged and can feel at peace.” What a wonderful gift this church has given them. You have all shown them how a church can be the church.
When our youth are confirmed, the congregation vows to “surround these persons
with a community of love and forgiveness, that they may grow in their trust of God,
and be found faithful in their service to others.” As their youth leader, my heart is filled with gratitude that you all faithfully live this vow out with your actions and commitment to our youth. Our youth are truly blessed to grow up in this community.
Gracious God, thank you for the adults of who nurture the children and youth of this church. With their love and support they have created a safe place where they can grow in their trust in You. Be with us as we guide and support each other in our faith journeys and as we work together to bring your light into this world. Amen
Full of gratitude,
If you missed the confirmation Sunday, you may view it on youtube. Below you will find our class Credo.
Confirmation Class 2021 Credo
We believe in God as someone who is always there, even when we feel like we are alone. We believe God is everywhere on earth and in heaven. We believe God is the father of Jesus and all things living and dead. We also believe in God’s timing and plan. We believe God gives us free will and God is forgiving of our mistakes. We believe in God‘s unconditional love for all. We believe God sent his son down to Earth to die for every single one of us. We believe God is our Savior and the one who created everything and eternally loves us. We believe God cares for everyone always.
We believe in the Creator who created the earth and the universe in seven days. Who created life and humanity as well as the most simple rock and the most beautiful sunset. We believe in the Creator who created all the wonderful things we enjoy today. We believe in a Creator who loves what they have made and who will continue to care for all their creations. We believe in the Creator who created enough love for everyone and who created each one of us to be our own unique special person.
We believe in Jesus, the Son of God, the child of Mary and the flesh and blood of God. We believe in Jesus as a teacher and messenger who taught the world how much God loves us all. We believe in Jesus the healer who helped people and cured illnesses. We believe Jesus is the king of both Heaven and Earth, and he is the only perfect human ever created. We believe in Jesus and his mission to be God’s hands and feet. We believe in Jesus who died for us (after his followers sold him out) so that our sins could be forgiven. We believe Jesus believed in us and showed love to everyone.
We believe in the Holy Spirit who helps us, watches over us, calms us and reminds us that God is always with us. We believe the Holy Spirit is God and from God, a variation of the Spirit of God. We believe the Holy Spirit does miraculous things. We believe the Holy Spirit is the voice in our heads that guides us to make the right decisions. We believe the Holy Spirit is found in the wind, fire, and all of God’s creations. We believe the Holy Spirit let’s everyone know they belong and are cared for. We believe the Holy Spirit is what gives us life and breath and fills us with the power of God.
We believe that the Bible is the history from where our beliefs start and the stories in it can inspire us and guide and teach us how to live every day. We believe the Bible is the story of God and a way to hear about the good that God has done in people’s lives. We believe the Bible is full of wisdom, a source to be interpreted and a way of prayer. We also believe it is God’s direct message to humans, proof of Jesus’s existence, an important book to read to learn about Jesus’ sacrifice and a good true history book of love.
We believe that the church isa sacred place where Christians learn and teach about God. We believe the church is a community where you make new friends with similar beliefs and where you worship God and interact with one another to get closer to God. We believe the church is awesome but has made some bad choices that have hurt some people. We believe the church is a place to grow, explore and learn what your faith means to you. We believe the church is a place where you are safe and feel loved. Where you are never judged and can feel at peace.
We believe that Christians should live their faith by going to church and trying to learn more about God. We believe that Christians should pray, help people when they need it and be kind to others. We believe Christians in the Holy Trinity. We believe Christians should live their faith by learning from their mistakes and looking to God for support and direction. We believe Christians should share the word of God through acting like Jesus. We believe Christians should do what is right and should be accepting, patient and showing love to everyone around them.
We believe that salvation is always there, and you can trust in it. We believe we can be saved and or helped whether we feel we deserve it or not. We believe that salvation is for everyone and because God loves us. We believe salvation is living a happy life and understanding how much God loves you. We believe salvation is from Jesus dying on the cross. We believe salvation is the deliverance from sin, deliverance from sin’s consequences and forgiveness. We believe everyone is worthy of salvation.
We believe in God, the Holy Trinity, community, and our faith. We believe Jesus is the king on Heaven and Earth and that we should live for Jesus since he died for us. We believe in every individual’s ability to be a light of God, that all people should be treated equally, and we should treat others how we would want to be treated. We believe that Hell is not a place but more of a feeling or headspace because it doesn’t make sense for God to love us unconditionally and then send us to eternal torture. We believe that everybody can trust God. We believe love is love and you can be who you want to be. We believe God is our Creator who loves us, and that God’s love is for everyone.