Guest post by Sara Stanton, Associate Director, Middle School

Our sixth graders attended our annual Confirmation Retreat Friday, Feb. 17-Sunday, Feb. 19. This retreat is a time for our confirmands to deepen relationships with each other, their 10th grade leaders and God through worship and classes. On Friday night and Saturday morning we shared meals and worshiped together and then had class time.

As with any middle school group, fun is a huge part of what we do as it draws students in and helps them connect. This retreat was no different. On Saturday afternoon our students enjoyed laser tag, a climbing wall, a zip line and a giant swing. Our afternoon ended with group games on the basketball court and in the field. Students had a great time, and several leaders even got in on the action! We worked up a big appetite for the delicious dinner we had that night.

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Saturday night is always a special time at Confirmation Retreat. It’s the last night, so emotions are already high. But it’s also the night where we spend time in our Confirmation groups in intentional prayer. The presence of the Holy Spirit was almost tangible as our students gathered around each other to pray. From a leader’s perspective, it was a wonderful sight to see so many young middle schoolers and their high school leaders solidifying their relationships with each other and connecting with God through this time of prayer. We are grateful for how the Holy Spirit showed up. It was the perfect preparation for sharing in Communion on Sunday morning.

After breakfast Sunday, we again worshiped together and then took part in Communion, 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 last week, our sixth graders completed their Confirmation classes in preparation for Confirmation Sunday on March 5. Our students are looking forward to Confirmation Sunday and rejoining the seventh and eighth grade students in Middle School Refuge this week.

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