Celebration of Disciples and Accompaniers: Sunday, February 5 

February 1, 2012

I invite you to help me lift up some of those who are often most quiet and humble in our midst. On Sunday February 5, one could easily pass right by these devoted faithful seekers and teachers. In fact many of these folks see their role as accompanier more than teacher. These are our mentors who have volunteered to share conversation on a monthly basis with our 7th and 8th grade youth.  These are also our teachers who offer weekly teaching with our Confirmation class.  These are our parents who model their faith daily, and who often tackle the toughest questions (sometimes hour by hour!)  On Sunday February 5, we could ask all of these accompaniers to wear bright badges so we might all extend our thanks to them.  But they so often quietly say that it is they themselves who lift thanks that they walk with enriched faith as a result of offering service with our youth. 

You can begin to see that our thanks are not about simply cheering for one of our own  Plymouth programs. This is not a shout out for an insular or inwardly focused part of our  Plymouth life.  We are joyful for those called to accompany, and we recognize them, because they offer a concentrated investment in that which ripples beyond our church over time.  One could easily miss glimpsing how this works on a typical Confirmation/Mentor monthly brunch Sunday.  On February 5, you might swing down the second floor at 12:15 pm.  There you will find a room brimming with those helping to grow disciples who will usher out in to the world from Plymouth.  In Room 221-223, you will find quite a crew of folks enjoying a lively intergenerational potluck lunch together, with conversation and games.  You will see a mentor for each of our eleven 8th grade Confirmation students, and our confirmation teaching team.  At 12:30-1:30 p.m., the parents head to the Chapel for a class with Rev. Brandon Duran and myself, as we discuss Martin Copenhaver’s book, To Begin at the Beginning: An Introduction to the Christian Faith. The mentors match up with the 8th grade Confirmands to talk about prepared questions. The 7th grade Confirmands and siblings of Confirmands get to spend time with teachers, and childcare supports our younger ones.

On February 5, let us especially celebrate our 7th and 8th grade confirmands as they are accompanied by Rev. Brandon Duran, our teachers, mentors, and faithful parents.  Before they are in the spotlight on May 20, lets lift them in our prayers this month.  And when you are approached later this year to consider sharing your faith with our youth for a future Confirmation class- say yes, and know your own faith journey stands to be challenged and enlivened!

Lauren Cannon



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