Parents, you should receive an informational letter by November if your child is on our list. If your child hasn’t been confirmed and wants to attend the class, please contact Cheryl in the office or Youth Director Jenny Louis so we can add them to the youth list in the database.
Confirmation Sunday is scheduled for April 3, 2016, during the 9 am service.
What to expect in Confirmation Class
Our Confirmation class uses the Credo lessons. Youth Director Jenny Louis will teach the class along with mentors who will be assigned to each student or a small group of students. Classes will include lessons on Methodism, the Bible, ethical choices, what church membership means, understanding other world religions, and serving others. Confirmands develop their own faith statement to present on Confirmation Sunday.
Confirmation students are expected to attend Confirmation classes, the Youth Winter Retreat the weekend of Jan. 15 & 16, Sunday morning worship, youth group and Sunday school.
What is Confirmation?
Confirmation in The United Methodist Church is a time of intentional preparation, it gives teens and tweens the opportunity to reflect on the most basic tenants of our faith and gives them a safe environment to ask questions and grapple with the divine truths and mysteries proclaimed by the church of Jesus Christ. Confirmation helps youth to investigate the depths of their faith and helps them begin to understand what it means to become a fully devoted follower of Jesus Christ, and to make their first public profession of faith. During this time young persons “make firm” what has gone before: God’s prevenient grace, baptism, the teaching and witness of parents and other persons of faith, the teachings and life together in the church, the student’s own growing faith. Youth are invited to claim for themselves the name Christian and the name United Methodist. We believe that Confirmation is a significant step in the journey of faith.
At what age are you confirmed?
In many United Methodist congregations, preparation for confirmation begins when youth enter their middle school years. The middle school years (6th-8th grades) are when young people begin to move from concrete thinking to abstract thinking and is when many people begin to make lifelong faith decisions. During these middle school years youth are seeking a sense of belonging. Belonging to the community of faith is an appropriate response to that developmental task.
Unlike baptism, which is a sacrament, confirmation is a repeatable rite in The United Methodist Church. Standing before the congregation to profess one’s faith as part of a confirmation ceremony is not limited to only one special time. In addition to confirmation of younger youth, the Book of Discipline encourages a time of intentional preparation and the rite of confirmation for older youth as well.
Like most United Methodist churches, we offer a formal process with a class or group leading to the ritual of confirmation for those who choose to receive it and are deemed ready to do so by their pastor.