The annual Yirara confirmation service is an important occasion in the worship life of the college. On Sunday 8 November in the Yirara College chapel, ten young people publicly confessed their Christian faith and recalled the promises God first made to them at their baptism, before receiving their first communion. So, it was most appropriate that just before the rite of confirmation one of the confirmees, Bethany Wayne, was baptised.
Prior to this special day, the students attended a series of lessons led by local Lutheran pastors (Rob Borgas, Darryl Mattner, Ken Schultz, Paul Traeger and Mark Thiel), supported by Yirara chaplain Pastor Simon Dixon and deputy principal Elizabeth Kloeden.
The students confirmed were: Deanna Campbell, Tristan Lechleitner, Brittany Richards, Lofty Armstrong, Janet Ebatarinja, Aaron Palmer, Shannon Morton, Bethany Wayne, Tyron Sena and Lanita Tilmouth. Afterwards they were presented with a Bible and a certificate that included the Bible verse each student had chosen for their confirmation.
All who gathered for this important weekend enjoyed much fellowship, including an evening of gospel singing on Saturday night, and community lunch after the confirmation service.
Staff, students and visitors to Yirara were encouraged to set a good example for these young people, pray for them and encourage them to live as God’s children. All praise and thanks to a loving God!