A youth confirmation retreat was held at the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer on April 17-18 for youth interested in the sacrament of confirmation. Teens from Redeemer and St. Martin’s got to know each other through ice breaker games and small group discussion upon arrival. Through prayer, group activities and fellowship, teens considered how they would make a mature commitment of faith.
The teens revised an ancient prayer from the Aidan compline, a Celtic prayer service. Here is their version, in their own words:
Our Lord, our ChristOur shield, our fort, our protectorThrough day, through nightThrough light, through darkBe near usGuide usOur treasure, our gloryOur Christ, our LordOur shield, our fort, our protector.
Many thanks goes to Stephen Bunt, youth leader at Redeemer and the Rev. Michael Wallens for offering generous hospitality and use of facilities. Thanks also goes to Shawn Higgins, Christian Kilmer, Joan Lamere and Norma Deleon who served as confirmation sponsors, leading activities and supporting the teens.
Here are some pictures from the youth confirmation retreat.