Tuesday, December 8, 2020

December 9th: Mentor Night

It's Mentor Night!

This week we are NOT meeting at church, but are wanting your confirmand and their mentor to meet in some way that best suits you! It could be over the phone, facetime, zoom, or safely in person.

At the bare minimum, go through the following discussion, but as always we encourage you to go "above and beyond"--spend time together, have lunch or dinner together (safely), watch/support the mentee in athletic or other extra curricular events, etc. 

Here's the discussion guide for this week; when you are done, send us some verification that you participated in an email.

Confirmation Mentor Night 12/9/20

  • Share
    • Share your high’s and low’s since the last time you saw each other (good/happy/joy-filled moments v. sad/frustrating/sorrowful moments).
    • Share your favorite Christmas tradition and why it means so much to you. Do you have any traditions that are shared together?
    • Tell about your favorite Christmas lights of all time. Where were they? What made them special?
    • Why are we drawn to Christmas lights and candles?
    • Optional Fun: Play Christmas charades or Pictionary using this random Christmas word generator: http://www.getcharadesideas.com/christmas-charades-ideas/
  • Open your Bibles to and read John 1:1-5
    • In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all humankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.  
  • Talk
    • How did God create the world? (Hint: “Let there be….”) Discuss then read the excerpt below from enterthebible.org:
      • John's Gospel opens, "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God" (John 1:1). This reference to the Word recalls the opening chapter of the book of Genesis, where God creates the world by the power of speech. The Word, or logos in Greek, is God's power to create and order life.
    • Who is “the Word” in the verse you just read? What does this verse mean when it says, “the Word became flesh”? Discuss first then read the excerpt below from enterthebible.org:
      • To say that the Word became flesh means that the creative Word of God was embodied by Jesus of Nazareth, who was truly human. As the Word of God made flesh, Jesus carries out the creative and life-giving work of God. By his speech, actions, death, and resurrection, Jesus reveals the glory of God.
    • Who or what is “the light” referred to in this verse?  Explain your answers.
  • Read the following:
    • We are in the season of Advent—the season where we watch, prepare, and anxiously await Christ’s birth and also his second coming.  It’s a time to have hope and faith in things to come. Advent is also a very dark season where we live—the sun is late to rise and early to set. But this verse from the Gospel of John says that Jesus—the word of God made flesh—is a light in the darkness.
  • Reflect
    • What gives you hope? Why? Is there reason to have hope? What do you have hope for?
  • Open your Bibles and read Matthew 5:14-16
    • “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your God in heaven.
  • Talk
    • Talk about what you think this verse is teaching you.
      • Here are talking points to get you started: What good does light do for us? Is light meant to be hidden or extinguished or kept to ones self? What is the symbolic meaning of sharing light?
    • In the verse we read before from the Gospel of John, we talked about how Jesus brings light to a dark world. Later on in that chapter it talks about John the Baptist who was called to share Jesus’ light—that the light wasn’t us, but rather the light that Jesus gives (John 1:7-8).  
      • What are ways YOU can be a light in this world?
  • Pray
    • God of light and hope, look upon us in love and fill us with the Spirit of Jesus, that we may love you and serve you in your kingdom. Be with us and guide us as we await the coming of our Lord, Jesus Christ, who is the light of the world, and who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever. Amen.



Wednesday, December 2, 2020

December 2nd: The 10 Commandments (Exodus 34:29-35 & Matthew 25:31-40)

Hello Confirmands!

Tonight we are continuing Moses and the Israelites' story. You have a couple of options to complete confirmation at home.

For at home confirmation we'd like a parent or mentor to participate with you.

Thanks, everyone!