Tribune staff reports

Twenty-two eighth-grade students publicly confirmed their faith at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Seymour during a recent service.

The students have been involved in the study of the teachings of the Bible for several years, either during Wednesday evening classes or through their daily education at Immanuel Lutheran School.

In the rite of confirmation, students publicly affirm the faith of the Lutheran church and pledge their faithfulness to Christ. Families, sponsors, friends and church members also affirm their ongoing prayers and support.

It is considered an important milestone through which students accept a greater responsibility for their own spiritual growth, become eligible to receive Holy Communion and become adult voting members of the congregation.

A dinner in honor of the confirmands was conducted the night before at the church. The celebration was sponsored by the board of elders, parents of the seventh-grade class and parish fellowship.

Parents, grandparents, sponsors and friends attended.