In Touch – June 1, 2012
Posted on June 1, 2012 by under Touché, Youth Group,

Generation Next

 I am reminded of your sincere faith, a faith that lived first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice and now, I am sure, lives in you.  For this reason I remind you to rekindle the gift of God that is within you through the laying on of my hands; (2 Timothy 1:5-6)

On Sunday the elders will lay hands on thirteen young people from this congregation who will confess their faith in Christ before the church.  To sit and hear their credos and discuss faith with them is one of my most favorite duties in ministry. 

This is a special group.  Most in this group are strongly connected to HRC.  Like the faith that was passed through Timothy’s family, so these kids come from families of faith who live that out at HRC.  The greatest indicator of whether or not confirmation “sticks” is the connection that confirmands’ families have to the church.  In this group there are two exceptions to the strong family connection: Katy Lambert and Allie Suriano.  Katy and Allie were invited to HRC through friends.  They started on mission trips and retreats, and then moved into a deeper life of faith through the youth ministry here.  They are older and made the decision on their own to go through this process.  It is a joy to hear how God has worked in bringing them to this point in their lives.

Another feature that makes this group special is our connection to two kids from Arlington Reformed.  Jonathon Albertson and Ben Prentiss joined with our group so they could be a part of something larger.  Randy Prentiss came and led some of the confirmation sessions. While Jon and Ben will be confirmed at Arlington, not Hopewell, they will be here on Sunday as part of the group.  The partnership that we have with ARC is a model I hope will catch on with other Reformed churches.  It is an exciting dynamic when a smaller church’s youth ministry can join with a bigger group to get the benefit of large group programming.

When you stand for a child that is being baptized, you are looking forward to the day that child confesses their faith in Christ.  I hope you will join with us on Sunday as we stand with these young people and celebrate the next generation of 167 followers of Christ.  It is a special day as we lay hands on these young disciples of Christ.

Yours in Faith,