The Clearfield Cluster of United Methodist Churches offers a two-day confirmation bus trip every few years. We left last Thursday morning around 5:30 and returned home around 10:30 Friday night. It was a full, fast-paced two days!
The trip included nine youth from three area churches plus seven adults. We made stops at the Pennsylvania Capitol Building, The Neighborhood Center, the United Methodist Home for Children, the Conference Center of the Susquehanna Conference, Mission Central, before ending the first day with dinner and free time at the Galleria Mall in York.
After spending the night sleeping on the floor of Aldersgate United Methodist Church, we embarked on our second day with visits to Strawbridge Shrine and Lovely Lane United Methodist Church. Both locations are significant in United Methodist history.
Everyone enjoyed the trip. The youth also seemed to enjoy getting together with youth from other churches.
One of the highlights of the trip was a spontaneous one. Driving by the Governor’s Mansion, we saw Governor Corbett in his gated driveway. We stopped and a couple of women from our group approached the gate and asked Governor Corbett if he’d be willing to greet the confirmands. Surprisingly, he agreed!
While the Governor was on the bus, I tweeted (and the Governor’s staff later retweeted) …
This is crazy. On confirmation bus trip. Gov Corbett was in his driveway. We invited him on board. He agreed! pic.twitter.com/aFVdD5LSHc
— Randy Willis (@revdocrandy) April 3, 2014
Pretty wild. Not only did the Governor greet the group, he also took photos with everyone on the bus. The Governor certainly scored some points with the group!
Here are some photos from the trip …