Our class of 2022 entered our Youth Ministries program the same time I did, and I have been here for their entire youth ministries tenure. So it seems only appropriate that I graduate with them as well.
We hope to see all of you Sunday for the first of our two confirmation services. These young people are truly special, and it has been a great joy, great humbling, and a great reminder of why we do youth ministry in the first place, to walk alongside them.
We were called to a life of freedom in Christ. We were called to create, to laugh, to enjoy being alive for its own sake, to rejoice in the love of our Creator, and who that Creator created us to be. Failures included.
Two full years ago, a small team from the Youth Ministries family, including teenagers, staff, volunteers, and parents, jumped into a project funded by the Texas Methodist Foundation called the Innovation Lab.
As a project for January of 2021, we at Youth Ministries interviewed four students and asked them to tell us about their 2020, in their own words. I encourage you to listen. I’ve gained so much from doing so, and I hope you do too.
I ask that you, in honor of these confirmands this weekend, look at those vows and answer them yourselves, reaffirming your commitment to this community of faith, and to the life of discipleship it invites you into.