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The Way of the Pilgrim: Confirmation Class

December 3, 2014

Faith and spiritual grow is something that blooms and matures throughout our lives. A tradition within the United Church is for youth to engage their faith in a meaningful way through study and reflection and decide if they wish to become full members within the church. Full membership allows one to vote on temporal and spiritual matters within the church. Membership is also transferable to any United Church across Canada.

With this in mind, a program has been developed to give those seeking to become full members within with the United Church a deeper understanding of prayer, of being a 21st Christian, and the development of “church” identity. The hope of this program of exploration is to equip people to continue the journey of becoming more fully the people that God calls us to be. The program runs from December 14th to June 2015.

This program has a number of components but it has a lot of flexibility.

Requirements:

  • This program is open to anyone 12 years of age and older.
  • Attend six classes of 1.5 hours each on Sunday from noon to 1:30PM. Bring your lunch. These will be scheduled throughout the year. The first class is on Sunday December 14.
    Each class will have a take home reflection assignment.
  • Attend at least two worship services during Advent and Christmas.
  • Attend at least two worship services during Lent and Easter.
  • Attend one Board meeting (meetings are on the first Wednesday of the month from 7:309:00PM. You only have to stay for the first hour).
  • Attend one other church committee meeting. There are many to choose from. Dates and time are listed in the bulletin.
  • Attend the Annual Meeting of St. Paul’s United Church in February of 2015.
  • Participate in one of the following: Messy Church, Outreach activity, church fundraiser or Food Bank event (i.e. prepare food hampers).

The hope is to take the class to Worshiplude in February at Dominion Chalmers United Church in Ottawa. Confirmation Sunday will be in June of 2015. Each pilgrim is required to stay for the coffee time after the worship service for a reception.

The aim is for each person to develop an understanding that church is worship in action in our community in and beyond. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to call or email Rev. Carla at 613-838-5397 or cmvandelen@yahoo.ca.

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