Every year, somewhere between Labor day and Reformation day, we struggle with what to give our youth for confirmation. We really value this practice because it lets them know that the church is proud of them for taking this step and that we are behind them 100%. It has always been important to me to give them something they will use and will remind them of this day. But I have struggled a bit as to what that something is. In past years, we have given Bibles, The Lutheran handbook, The Funny Shape of faith, and even considered hymnals.
This year, I found these wonderful frames made of recycled materials and that support hunger causes. I loved picking out a picture of each youth for their frame. They are filled with memories from youth group, eating oreos and confirmation retreats. I loved working on them, and made the process much longer than it needed to be. On the back of each frame I glued a piece of paper with the students name, confirmation verse, and the blessing we bestow on them during the service.
It is my hope and prayer that each time the confirmand sees the frame and their picture that they are filled with warm and fuzzy memories of our church, their community and everything that went into them affirming their baptism.