Guest post by Mackay Lee, Middle School Director
This past weekend 44 sixth grade students, sophomore student table leaders and adult leaders attended our annual Confirmation Retreat. This retreat is a time for our confirmands to deepen relationships with each other, their 10th grade leaders and God through worship and teaching.
We tackled the questions of who the Holy Spirit is and what the Holy Spirit does. Students were able to walk away with the truth that the Spirit empowers them to be able to do things beyond their own strength, while also bringing life to others and the world. We also learned that the Holy Spirit strengthens, comforts, guides and teaches us as we walk out our faith. Students had the opportunity to reflect on all that they had learned during the past five weeks and talk about it with their small groups.
While learning is a core focus of our Confirmation Retreat, we also make room for fellowship over meals and fun activities. Fun and fellowship are huge parts of what we do as they draw students in and help them connect. On Saturday afternoon our students enjoyed (frigid) outdoor activities like laser tag, a climbing wall, zip line, a giant swing and everyone’s favorite—dodge ball. Students had a wonderful time, and several leaders even got in on the action!
As we talked about the power of the Holy Spirit throughout the weekend, we were grateful for how the Holy Spirit was present and available over this past weekend. One of the most tangible Holy Spirit moments is felt when we worship and share in Communion together on Sunday morning. After breakfast Sunday morning, Emerson Manley, one of our HS seniors, student band members and HS volunteers, led our students in worship—it was so powerful to see one of our high schoolers lead our younger students in worship! After worship, we transitioned into a time of Communion. Communion is the culmination of our retreat as we prepare to enter the world closer to God and ready to live out this faith we are affirming. We arrived back at the church around Noon on Sunday, exhausted but grateful for a wonderful weekend.
Back at home this week, our sixth graders will soon complete their Confirmation classes in preparation for Confirmation Sunday on March 3. Our students are looking forward to Confirmation Sunday and rejoining the 7th and 8th grade students in Middle School Refuge in a few weeks!