Family Ministries Blog

All Saints' Episcopal Church in Lakeland, Florida provides this forum as an exploration of family life with an emphasis on parenting, children, and teens. We hope that you will join our conversation and visit our children & youth ministries.

Why Confirmation?

I'm excited to have started the journey of confirmation classes with 40+ other members and regular visitors of our parish family. I'm also pleased that there are more than a dozen teens who have joined the journey with us.

At the first meeting, Fr. Reid posed the question, "why confirmation?" Since I am coming from a different denominational background and feeling the strong call to the priesthood, I have been exploring that for myself. To be honest, when I attended the diocesan meeting last August to explore the call, I admitted to the group that I didn't know how God was going to guide me through this very aspect of the calling. My identity as a Christian had been through the lens of Baptist traditions and liturgies, but now God was asking me to maintain my Christian identity (which I received at my baptism) and to continue growing and exploring God's gifts in me through the lens of becoming part of the apostolic Church. It was an unsettling thought back in August because I knew that something would need to change and I was unsure if I would need to lose something in the process, but the call has grown stronger, the parish family has been affirming, and I look forward to how God will use the journey of confirmation to bring something new to my life.

What about you? What does confirmation mean? I am praying, in particular, that our teens will really embrace a personal understanding of their baptism and the calling to be in daily relationship with God. I hope that this journey will be just that, a daily and weekly rhythm of growing closer to God so that their faith in Christ as their Savior and their trust in the Holy Spirit to renew their lives will be confirmed because they truly believe it and are willing put their trust in God. It will be a joy to see what God will do through them as well as all of the confirmands at the time of confirmation. Bishop Greg Brewer will lay hands on each one and ask God to strengthen us with the Holy Spirit; empower us for service; and sustain us all the days of our lives. I am praying for God's anointing to take hold in all of us and bring about a new work for the kingdom of God, and I hope you will join me.

What is the Gospel? Part 6
The Call to Intimacy with God

Scripture Readings for Sunday, October 29

First Lesson Deuteronomy 34:1-12
Psalm Psalm 90:1-6 and Psalm 90:13-17
Second Lesson 1 Thessalonians 2:1-8
The Holy Gospel Matthew 22:33-46

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Upcoming Events

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Date: 24 October 2017
At All Saints' Church meet in the Welcome Center

25
Oct
All Saints Episcopal Church
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Lakeland
Date: 25 October 2017
Wednesday Morning Bible Study with Fr. Reid

25
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Lakeland
Date: 25 October 2017
OSL Healing Service

25
Oct
Lakeland
Date: 25 October 2017
Wednesday Evening Eucharist

25
Oct
Date: 25 October 2017
Fall Fun for our Children and Teens

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Oct
Date: 25 October 2017
World Religions By, The Rev. Dr. L. Reid Hensarling September 6 Overview of The World's Religions September 13 The Development of Religion September 20 Ancient and Primal Religions September 27 Hinduism

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Oct
Date: 25 October 2017
The God Who Is There: Finding Your Place in God's Story Textbook: The God who Is There: Finding Your Place in God's Story by D.A. Carson Susan Waldron September 6 The God Who Made Everything September

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Date: 25 October 2017
 Ignacio Morrell & Deacon Bob Johnson The History of Christianity From Pentecost to the Reformation Textbook: The Story of Christianity (Vol. 1 & 2) By Justo Gonzalez September 6

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Date: 25 October 2017
Old Testament Textbook: Old Testament Essentials, Creation, Conquest, Exile and Return by Tremper Longman III A Bible and notebook for journaling and class notes will needed (The Bookstore

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All Saint's Episcopal Church
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Lakeland
Date: 27 October 2017
Friday Morning Men's Bible Study with Fr. Reid

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