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Posted by Rev. Sarah Dennis on

 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. (Acts 2:42)

When I tell people I work with students I often get comments like, bless you, I could never do that, I don’t know how to talk to them, or other things along those lines.  Teenagers can get a bad wrap. We have a cultural narrative that tells us teenagers are impulsive, reckless, and sometimes scary. However, like many cultural narratives that we are inundated with, this narrative is far from the truth. 

Spending time with students gives me so much hope for the future. Students are brave, willing to be adventurous and learn new things. Students are creative, finding solutions to problems adults are stuck in. Students are thoughtful, engaging the world around them with profound ideas on how to progress. Students are passionate, deeply invested in improving the world they have inherited. Students are funny, filled with humor that makes me laugh out loud constantly.

This Sunday we will confirm 30 students as new members in this church. Students who have spent 5 months in class on Sunday nights learning what it means to be a disciple of Christ in a United Methodist Church. They have asked questions, challenged their teachers, engaged in a deeper level of discipleship, and had a lot of fun. From my vantage point, the future of the church looks ever so bright.

I invite you to find a confirmand on Sunday and have a conversation with them, ask them what they have enjoyed about this process, welcome them into this incredible body of Christ and be hopeful about the future, it’s in good hands.

Blessings, 
Rev. Sarah Dennis 
Student Ministry Director

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