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  • The Rev. Matt Welsch

Confirmation: "I Believe" Statements

On Monday, April 15, our Confirmation class gathered for a celebratory dinner with their families. At the end of our meal, our confirmands each stood up and shared their statements of faith. They'd been working on these statements throughout our time together in Confirmation class. Please take a moment to read through their statements, included below, and say a prayer for them as they continue their journey of faith.


Tristan Burk

Who am I? Well I am a funny and kind boy who loves to play outside, and I like to sometimes spend time with my friends. I am currently going to Mays Chapel Elementary School. I have just started Lacrosse and I am loving it! I have two dogs that mean the world to me. I currently am loving playing outside with my dogs; we usually play fetch or jump catch.

Christianity is confusing to me and I really don't know what my beliefs are other than that I am a Christian and I believe in God. I am looking forward to joining Youth Group next year. The Church of the Good Shepherd is very important to me and everyone is kind like a family.

I want to be confirmed so I can be closer to God and the Church. The second reason I want to be confirmed is so I can take Communion, something which I have been fascinated by since a young age. The final reason is that I would like to be more independent in the church.


Charlotte Easter

My name is Charlotte Easter and I'm in 8th grade at Saint James Academy. I love to bake and play tennis.

I believe we are all equal and children of God.

I want to be confirmed so I can confirm my belief in God. I also want to show my commitment to living a life of faith.


Isabelle Easter

I'm Isabelle Easter. I am in the 10th grade and I go to Bryn Mawr. I love spending time with my family and friends.

I believe that God will always love me and be there for me. I also believe in the forgiveness of sins, no matter what mistakes I make. I believe I am a child of God.

I want to be confirmed because I think that it will strengthen my relationship with the church and with God. It has allowed me to learn more about prayer and the Bible and I want to feel closer to my religion.


Harris Morgan

Hello my name is Harris Morgan and I am an 8th grader at St. Joseph's middle school. I love playing outside with my friends and I also love playing video games. I am going to Calvert Hall next year for high school. I also love playing cards with my family on a cold day by the fire. I love school even though I might not love all the classes. I love to learn new things and I love hanging out with my friends everyday.

I believe that everyone was created in God’s image and no one is perfect and no matter what you do God will always love you. I believe that lacrosse is the best sport in the world and everyone should have the chance to play. I believe in the forgiveness of sin. I believe that you should always be honest to your family and friends and your family should come before anything else. I believe that honesty is the best character trait to have.

I want to be confirmed so I can have a better and closer relationship with God. I want to learn more about the Episcopal Church. I want to learn more about faith and how I can better myself from this experience. Also as I get older I would love to give more back to the Church of the Good Shepherd so it can still be there when I am old.


Grace Thrush

My name is Grace Thrush and I am a 10th grader at NDP. I live with my mom, dad, sister, two dogs, and cat. Some things I like doing are going skiing, hanging out with my friends and family, and listening to music. Some of my favorite subjects in school are science and history and my favorite season is summer.

I believe in God, and the fact that He loves me no matter what, and I believe that Jesus can help guide me and teach me how to act. I also believe that God makes everything happen for a reason and God puts certain people in our lives on purpose. I believe that God made us imperfect and that even if we make mistakes, He can forgive us and still invite us into a relationship with Him. I believe in the importance of family and friendships and that being a loving and kind person makes life more meaningful.

I want to be confirmed because I finally feel ready to confirm my faith with God. I feel prepared to show publicly that I have a relationship with God and I am excited to grow closer to God in our relationship. The Episcopal faith has also been very important in my family, as my great-grandmother, grandmother, and mother were all raised as Episcopalians. It’s also a chance for me to follow in my sister’s footsteps, as she was confirmed at Good Shepherd too. So, for me confirmation is meaningful in my family, as well as my faith.

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