May 19, 2014
Friday, May 9, eight youth and two leaders from Plymouth met with 13 other youth and leaders from Fauntleroy and Normandy Park UCC churches for a whirlwind Confirmation retreat! Rev. Tara Barber led us in activities that included an ‘edible covenant’ that continued to give sugar highs throughout the weekend. Groups of youth built the church of the future from angel hair pasta and marshmallows that symbolized their desire for a church that is open to everyone, open to influence and change and willing to be flexible as the culture changes and God moves us to new endeavors. We all rolled up our sleeves and used our painted thumb prints to adorn trees drawn at the center of quilted altar cloths; we collectively decorated quilts for each church to take home.
Though many of the kids hadn’t spent much time together, youth from all three churches behaved generously to one another around the circle and on the play field. As we shared, they were quite taken with the variety of ways we each connect with God and how unique we each are in our faith. Youth went home with papers and notes to get them started with their faith statements.
Layered with our deep thinking and sharing work, we experienced many hang out moments, several games of capture the flag and some young ladies were even brave enough to jump into Pilgrim Firs Lake, ‘warmed’ by spring sun. Jenn Hagedorn and Karen Hollis chaperoned from Plymouth and both felt honored and privileged to walk with these amazing kids for the weekend. Confirmation Sunday is June 1; please come and support our amazing youth!Subscribe