2020 Confirmation Class Hasn’t Missed a Beat

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Dear St. Thomas’s Parish,

We’re writing this note with much gratitude for the opportunity to work another year with Youth Confirmation.  As we wind down the 2019-20 term, we thought it would be fitting to provide a brief update on the status of this year’s class.  Since the onset of “shelter-in-place” on March 15, 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we’ve missed only one class and extended the course calendar three weeks to conclude on Pentecost Sunday, June 7, 2020.  It’s hard to believe that there have been 3.5 technology apps and four syllabus revisions over the last 10 weeks.  Our confirmands have surveyed the Old Testament, journeyed through the Gospel of Mark and currently exploring the formative questions, “Who is God for You? and Who are You for God?”   The Confirmation Class now meets via Skype at 10 – 11:30 AM on Sundays, immediately after church service LIVE on YouTube. They haven’t missed a beat over the last 9 months.

Furthermore, we quickly adapted our learning plans to the reality of the current crisis.  Recent class discussions have pivoted toward coping with “so much homework”, “missing friends and teachers”, “computer issues” and “good (and not so good) things happenings because of COVID-19”.  The class has spent considerable time on habits of faith over fear, usually capped with marvelous student-led prayers that honor essential workers or those who are adversely impacted by the pandemic.  Although Night Watch in NYC was cancelled and Confirmation Sunday postponed, the confirmands remain highly engaged during these uncertain times.

The Confirmation Class of 2020 is simply amazing and smart, and forgetful, and curious, and stubborn, and courageous, occasionally worried, and funny, and frequently tired, and caring, and opinionated, and super creative and sometimes downright passionate all in a span of 90 minutes!   They keep us on our toes, for sure.  We’re truly blessed to learn and grow with these wonderful young people.

Let’s continue to pray for our confirmands as they wind down formal confirmation classes.  Their ultimate decision for confirmation is imminent and we wish them all the best on this next step toward adulthood.  Special thanks to parents, families and the entire St. Thomas’s Parish for all of your support this past year!

#StayHome and Be Well,

Bob Rys and Teri Quinn Gray
Youth Confirmation Leaders

2019-2020 Youth Confirmation Class

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This is a call and invitation for the 2019-2020 Youth Confirmation Class.   If you’re at least 12 years old or 7-8th grade, you’re welcome to join this spirit-filled journey centered around worship, learning, service, witness and fellowship.  Classes meet most Sundays at 9 – 10:15 a.m. from September thru May, and includes a pilgrimage to The Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City. 

So, what do we do in confirmation class?

  • Relate God’s teachings and Christian faith to our daily living.
  • Share life stories to connect with God and one another.
  • Give of our time and talent to service projects within the church community.
  • Discover what it means to make a personal decision for Christ and meaningful relationship with the church.

Drop us a note for more info or just show up on Sunday morning.   There will be loads of prayerful dialogue, laughter and fun!


Teri Quinn Gray                                Bob Rys

tquinngray@verizon.net              bobrys05@gmail.com

Youth Confirmation Class

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All youth in 7 – 8th grade (or at least 12 years of age) are invited to join the 2018-19 Confirmation Class at St. Thomas’s.  We’ll embark on a spirit-filled journey centered around worship, learning, service, witness and fellowship.  There will be loads of dialogue, laughter, fun and food too!  Weekly classes will be held on Sundays at 9 a.m. from Sep to May, and will include a pilgrimage to The Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City.

Stop by Sunday, September 9th at 9:15 AM in the Great Hall to learn more and for registration.

Give us a call or drop a note with any questions.

Blessings to You!

Teri Quinn Gray (tquinngray@verizon.net) and Bob Rys (bobrys05@gmail.com)