I am excited to tell you about our special worship service this Sunday at 11 a.m.! We will be baptizing 3 month old Ryan whose mom joined our church on March 12th and also confirming Amber, Justin, Abraham, Samaya, Jack, and Tunji – 3 of whom grew up in PAUMC and 3 who have been attending over the past few years.
As United Methodists, we celebrate the two sacraments ordained by Jesus Christ: Baptism and Holy Communion. However, we also recognize a variety of other activities such as confirmation, ordination, marriage, etc. as being worthy of sacramental emphasis.
For the most part, we baptize infants (as well as older youth and adults) and ask their parents and the congregation to take vows to live their lives as examples that will lead the children to faith in Jesus Christ. Parents and the congregation also pledge to raise the children under the ministry and guidance of the Church until they accept the gift of salvation for themselves. Through confirmation, they make their own profession and become full and responsible Church members. Both of these are important steps in the lives of individuals as well as the faith community.
As far as we can tell, it has been at least 8 or 9 years since the last confirmation class at PAUMC. These 6 confirmands have spent the past 12 weeks studying, sharing, and learning the basic tenants of our faith. On Sunday, they will accept the vows made by their parents at their baptism and be initiated into full membership as they commit to a personal spiritual journey.
I give thanks for all PAUMC children, their parents and grandparents, Sunday School teachers and special thanks to those who have helped guide this 2017 Confirmation Class – we are truly blessed to see our church growing in such amazing ways!
Grace and peace,