Today I'm thankful for a great group of 5 young people that I've been working with for the last 8 months who saw the end of their journey (and the start of another one) towards their confirmation ceremony into the Church of Ireland.
We had a special service to celebrate yesterday morning, led by the recently appointed Archbishop, with a name you'll recognize, but perhaps for different reasons. It was the first visit of Archbishop Michael Jackson to Malahide, who presided over the service.
There was a great turn out of friends and family of the young people, there to support and celebrate with them as they made the decision to own the faith that they were baptised into for themselves.
An encouraging day for me to sit in the congregation and watch young people making decisions for themselves to follow and serve God. So I'm thankful for the opportunity to play a role in their journeys, and for the 5 young people St. Andrew's has taken through the confirmation preparation over the last period of time.
|The Archbishop in St. Andrew's, Malahide|
|The vestibule following the service|
|Photo op with the Archbishop|