Twenty-one sixth graders participated in this year’s confirmation program at Heritage UMC in Hattiesburg. Meeting weekly during the Sunday school hour, the children studied Cokesbury’s “Claim the Name” curriculum. Several community and church service projects reinforced the lessons and helped the confirmands bond as a group.
In the fall, the class planned and conducted a Sunday afternoon worship service at Wesely Manor Retirement Community. Students made gifts for those attending the service and visited with the residents. Prior to Thanksgiving, the confirmands held a canned food drive. They delivered the food to the Edwards Street Fellowship Center food pantry and learned about the ministries of this United Methodist community center from board chairperson Dr. Iva Brown. In preparation for the Advent season, the class members set up the Heritage UMC sanctuary for the church’s Hanging of the Greens service.
One of the highlights of the year was the bus trip from Hattiesburg to Lake Junaluska, N.C., for the “Mega Confirmation Retreat 2” with speaker Duffy Robbins. While attending the retreat, each confirmand made a stole illustrating their spiritual journey. These stoles were placed on each student as part of the April 19 confirmation service. Following the confirmation service, the confirmands and their families enjoyed a brunch in the church fellowship hall.
On May 3, the students led the Overflow praise and worship service at Heritage. They handled every aspect of the service by serving as ushers, musicians, vocalists, preachers, liturgical dancers, sound and media technicians, scripture readers and communion assistants.