Monday, January 26
In living into our mission statement to “equip, support, and connect members of Providence Presbytery,” we have committed to walk beside the youth of our presbytery in their confirmation journey.
This year, 18 youth from eight different congregations participated in our confirmation cluster, which included three Sunday-afternoon sessions and two weekend retreats at Bethelwoods Camp and Conference Center. The youth gathered to fellowship with one another, to learn what it means to be a follower of Christ and a member of a Presbyterian church, and to spend time with their covenant partners—elders from their respective congregations—in order to grow in their faith.
A different pastor taught each session from the Professing Our Faith confirmation curriculum, and as a culminating activity the cluster created a group faith statement, which was professed by our 58 congregations during worship at last fall’s presbytery meeting.
Some congregations in our presbytery have just one or two going through confirmation each year. The cluster allows those youth to be a part of a larger group and learn from others during this critical step in their faith journey.
During a retreat, I was introduced to a new way of praying. As you join in a circle, your right palm is facing up so that you are uplifting the person on your right, while your left palm is facing down so that you are being uplifted by the person to your left. What a blessing it is to be part of a connectional church!
—Rev. Sarah F. Hegar, interim associate for resourcing and education, Providence Presbytery
Let us join in prayer for:
Rev. T. Mark Verdery , general presbyter /stated clerk
Rev. Sarah F. Hegar, interim associate for education and resourcing
Dorothy J. Killian, associate for congregational development and mission
David Weber, associate for camp and conference ministry
Jill Wilson, communications coordinator
Rose Lemmons-Berry, business administrator
Inez Glasgow, administrative assistant
Mary Love Hammond, office staff
Barbara Kurz, interim consultant for mission
Jacquie Scoates, program director, Bethelwoods
Nate Mallard, director of church relations, Bethelwoods
Colleen Johnson, office manager, Bethelwoods
PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff
Let us pray
Holy One, we give you thanks for Christ’s church and for the many ways the Spirit moves to do new and different things. Bless our young people as they struggle with issues of faith and love, acceptance and forgiveness. As we continue to seek out ways to best nurture and guide them in their faith, may you uplift us in our efforts. In Christ’s name we pray. Amen.