Confirmation is underway! Our six committed students meet every Wednesday evening to learn and to discuss the faith of their baptism so that, in the end of our time together they might be able to confirm that yes, this faith is indeed my faith. I believe. Credo.
Credo is a Latin word that translates to “I believe” and it is the word from which the English word “creed” derives. We Presbyterians love our creeds, and we elevate our confessions as authoritative documents for the governance of our churches. Creeds and confessions are foundational to our identity as Christians and as Presbyterians. This fact is central to the Confirmation process and dictates the weekly activities of our class.
At the end of each session, each student writes statements in his or her “I believe” journal that begin with the phrase “I believe…” This journaling exercise will yield a treasure trove of beliefs and phrases that together will be a useful tool for them when we begin to write and eventually to voice our personal statements of faith. Each student, when he or she goes before the Session in April will share his or her statement aloud, so that the Session can affirm their faith and welcome them as new members of Santa Fe Presbyterian Church. It’s an exciting time in the life of a young person – and an intimidating one. This is where we could use your help. I invite everyone in the congregation to join us on a faith statement journey. When was the last time you composed a personal statement of faith? Perhaps you never have? There’s no better time than the present!
Step 2: devote a time each week, maybe Sunday after church, to reflect upon scripture and write statements that begin with the phrase “I believe….”
Step 3: write a personal statement of faith
Step 4: come visit our Confirmation class and share your statement with our students as an act of leadership and love
We would love nothing more than to welcome you and hear your heart as we journey toward professing our own faith and claiming our place in the membership of Christ’s church. Join us! Come to Confirmation! Come tell us what you believe. – Rev. Laurel