Confirmation is our invitation to young people to say “yes” to God. It is also their chance to join as adult members of our church, thereby saying “yes” to the Kenilworth Union community. What we need now is you to say “yes” to them.
We’re hosting four (4) hybrid in-person/online services at 8:30, 9:30, 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. to accommodate the 39 young people joining the church. Our confirmands and their families will be in-person, filling our sanctuary to our current capacity limits. You—the rest of the members and friends of Kenilworth Union Church—will be invited to join online. We need your enthusiastic “yes” to welcoming and receiving these young people as members of the church. Please join for one or all of these four online services. If you would like to know who is being confirmed at each service, please see our bulletin.
What you may not know:
2020-2021 was our year to recommit to community. See our year-in-review video about the ways the Kenilworth Union community continued to love God and neighbor by doing justice, loving kindness, and walking humbly with the Lord our God. To that end, our ninth graders either (1) participated in a Confirmation Wilderness week long excursion (due to God’s grace and the near miracle of Silvi Pirn’s work organizing that trip), or (2) attended our socially distanced, interactive outdoor Confirmation classes weekly, September–November (due to perpetual-youth-volunteer Bev Kirk’s spunky, persistent encouragement and commitment).
Each of the ninth graders then wrote personal faith statements, in which they asked and answered big hard questions about the nature of God and the reality of suffering, spoke intimately about family and mentor relationships that helped them see the sacred in new ways, and examined their most poignant God-moments that have transformed them and brought them more in touch with the divine-at-work in everyday life. This year’s faith statements were, of course, pandemic-tinged, and there was an innate tenderness expressed that was resonant, and has made a lasting impact on me. I am so thankful for them. So please, for my sake, for their sake, for your sake, (for God’s sake!): tune in Sunday to worship God, to support our confirmands, and to witness God’s blessing over them.
Photo Credit Gretchen Guo