One of the absolute joys of my job is teaching the Confirmation Class. I love the age – 9th grade – and we have such exceptional kids every year. This year our class is very small (we had 12 last year, but have four this year) and I am looking forward to adjusting my teaching style to the group!
At the end of every class we go into the sanctuary for worship. I usually set up our altar stairs as a worship space and the confirmands and I sit on the ground.
This past Sunday was our first official class. Our worship focused on bringing our group together and celebrating the journey we have ahead!
I brought a few elements into this space.
- White fabric – we had been talking about liturgical seasons and colors earlier in the class and I talked about the fact that white is used to represent Christ and sacraments. Because confirmation is an affirmation of baptism I wanted to have that white presence in our space.
- White candles on mirrors – God’s light, brought into the worship space, reflected off of the mirrors into our lives and shining through us.
- Empty bowl and four small pitchers – each pitcher had water in it, representing each of the confirmands’ baptisms. During our worship the kids poured the water into the empty bowl – uniting them in sacrament and faith.
- Red ribbon – because red symbolizes the Holy Spirit and is worn on Confirmation Sunday, I thought it was only appropriate to bring a piece of it into our worship space!
- Four tea lights – one for each confirmand. They lit them after they poured their water together. God’s light shines through them! Instead of putting the tea lights in holders I put them in sand in a wooden bowl. The confirmands are individuals with individual light, but this process does bring them together!
I love creating spaces like this! While I do love traditional worship, every now and then it is nice to do something a little bit different.