House of Hope Youth Ministry Goals:
- To nurture and grow the Christian faith of youth.
- To equip youth with the skills needed to lead a full and meaningful life.
- To create a safe environment for youth in which they can thrive.
We continue to work on the Christian formation of our youth, and their integration into the wider church community. Our goal is to provide our youth with a safe place to explore issues of faith, morals, social justice, and service. Our youth also grow and learn about their faith through retreats, lock-ins, service projects and mission trips.
Confirmation at the House of Hope Presbyterian Church
Confirmation at the House of Hope Presbyterian Church is a one-year program that combines both classroom and experiential learning opportunities. Ordinarily, students begin their confirmation year in 9th grade.
Confirmation is an opportunity to learn about our faith tradition, to understand the particularities of the Presbyterian Church (USA), and to grapple with and take ownership of our faith. Confirmation is a journey we take together with our peers, our families and our leaders. It is a time to deepen both our faith and our friendships.
At the end of the year, students will have the opportunity to join the church through a service of “Reaffirmation of the Baptismal Covenant for Those Making a Public Profession of Faith.” Those who are not baptized, may also be baptized on the day they are confirmed.
From “Confessing Faith: A Guide to Confirmation for Presbyterians”
by Kathy L Dawson (Geneva Press, Louisville, KY. 2006)
Confirmation is not…
- a sacrament in and of itself.
- simply a right of passage.
- simply becoming a church member.
Confirmation may be defined as (a) the reaffirmation of baptism (b) by a covenant commitment (c) through a public profession of faith.
- Reaffirmation of Baptism
- A time to revisit the vows made on our behalf at our baptism
- The Holy Spirit has already sealed and claimed the child as a member of the Christian church at his or her baptism. Confirmation is an opportunity to respond to that freely-given grace.
- Those who have not been baptized will have the opportunity do so at his or her confirmation
- An Act of Covenant Commitment
- We do not make this commitment in isolation.
- We covenant in partnership with God and the Church.
- Professing our Faith Publicly
- Students voice in their own words what they believe.
- Students voice their own commitment to the promises made at their baptism.
Our High School Youth Program is a ministry for youth in Grades 9 – 12 to experience fellowship, faith formation and faith in practice.
Sunday Gatherings: 11:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. in the Youth Room
Our Middle School Youth Program is a ministry for youth in Grades 6 – 8 to experience fellowship, faith formation and faith in practice.
11:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. in the Middle School Room (6th and 7th)
11:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. in the Skylight Room (8th)
10:00 a.m.: All students grades six through twelve are expected to worship with the rest of the congregation on Sunday mornings. Each week, our youth help lead worship in various ways; often as acolytes, by offering a prayer and/or singing in the choir.
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