Exile #2 writes...
So, today Exile #3 and Exile #4 both became adults - well, in the context of church anyway - along with 10 other youth from a neighboring church and ours. It was a great celebration, a lovely blending of the other church's more formal elements (E5N1 was intrigued by the organ, and was given a small demonstration when he went to take a peek afterwards), and our more informal ones.
When the youth were called forward by the pastors, along with their parents and sponsors, I was struck by how many people were involved in getting to this point, not including godparents (who in our case were rather distant!), family, church family and many, many friends. We are very grateful for the international "village" that has contributed to who Exile #3 and #4 are.
After the confirmation, the youth were presented with stoles incorporating squares they had drawn themselves, and Exile #1 and I had the privilege of singing a song to reflect on the occasion. That just left the important business of celebrating with cake!