Guest post by Mackay Lee, Director, Student Ministries/Middle School
A few weeks ago, our 6th 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.
At the retreat, 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 to the world. We also learned that the Holy Spirit strengthens, comforts, guides and teaches us as we walk out our faith. At the end of the weekend, students had the opportunity to reflect on everything 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 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, we were grateful for how the Holy Spirit was present and available at the retreat. One of the most tangible Holy Spirit moments is felt when we worship and share in Communion together on Sunday morning. 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.
Our sixth graders have completed their Confirmation classes and are preparing to publicly affirm their faith at our Confirmation Sunday service on March 1. Our students are looking forward to this day and to rejoining the 7th and 8th grade students in Refuge!