Confirmation: A Journey of Faith Development for 7th Graders

By Keith Lee, Associate Pastor

What is Confirmation?

Confirmation is the time in a youth’s life when they are CONFIRMED in their faith. It is when they stand in front of the church and declare that Jesus is the Lord of their lives. The process of getting to that point in their lives is a series of events and classes called Confirmation.

Why do Confirmation now?

A long time ago, the Methodist church decided that youth entering or in the 7th grade would be eligible to take a Confirmation Class in their local church. It is when youth start to develop their own faith that is different from their parents, and it was a good fit with the maturity and stage that most youth are in. Confirmation experience is 100% voluntary.

Do youth have to do Confirmation?

It is NOT required that anyone participate in a Confirmation class to be confirmed. It is suggested since most youth have not had much of an opportunity to explore their faith on their own before now.

What is expected of Confirmation Participants?

Since Confirmation is a voluntary program, it is expected that each participant give 100% to the experience. It is expected that youth will be at each session for the entire session. However, they will be given 3 excused absences for those unexpected occasions. Youth will be asked to do some writing, drawing, sharing, learning, reading, and thinking. It is expected that each participant will be willing to try new things and will enter each session with an open mind. This generation of youth have many extracurricular activities, and we want to be sensitive to that. At the same time, faith development for teenagers is a vital part of their own journey through life.

What is expected of Confirmation Parents?

Parents are crucial to making Confirmation a success. In many studies, teens list their parents as the number one figure in their faith development. We are here to support you as you guide your youth through this exciting time in their lives. We consider Confirmation a partnership between the church and the parents.

What is a confirmation session like?

Not all confirmation sessions are the same. Most sessions follow a similar format with different speakers and activities. Some sessions have guest speakers that talk on a variety of topics, and some have “field trips.” Regardless of what is scheduled, each session is guaranteed to be an EXPERIENCE.

What is a mentor and why do I need one?

A mentor is a faith friend who will help you along your path of Confirmation. This person can be someone you are close to already, but does not have to be. A mentor will be asked to be at specific sessions during the semester and will be asked to sit with you in worship occasionally. If you need help finding a mentor, please ask, we have some people who have volunteered.

Confirmation Schedule

DATE TOPIC

Oct. 18 Introductory Meeting

Oct. 25 Creation

Nov. 1 NO CLASS*

Nov. 8 Sin/Redemption

Nov. 15 NO CLASS-Jr High Retreat

Nov. 22 Holy Spirit

Nov. 29 NO CLASS*

Dec. 6 Church

Dec. 13 New Creation

Dec. 20 NO CLASS*

Dec. 27 NO CLASS*

Jan. 3 NO CLASS

Jan. 10 Way of Discipleship

Jan. 17 NO CLASS*

Jan. 24 Wesleyan Quadrilateral

Feb. 7 No CLASS*

Feb. 8 Worship

Feb. 14 Review

Feb. 21 Sacraments

Mar. 6 Living a Holy Life

Mar. 13 Renounce, Reject, Repent

Mar. 20 NO CLASS*

Mar. 27 NO CLASS*

Apr. 3 Accept

Apr. 10 Confess

Apr. 17 I Believe (The Creeds)

Apr. 24 NO CLASS Confirmation Retreat

May 1 Prayers, Presence, Gifts, Service, and Witness

May 8 Going Forth

May 15 CONFIRMATION SERVICE AND LUNCHEON

 

* NO CLASS due to Fairfax Country Public School Scheduling

Commitment to Participate ($100 Fee per confirmand):

  • Attend each class and worship on Sunday.
  • 3 excused absences only
  • Attend the Confirmation Lock-in (Apr 24).
  • Complete a statement of your faith.
  • Participate in the Confirmation Service and Luncheon

 

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Trinity United Methodist Church is located in McLean, VA. Our weekly worship services are on Sundays at 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. and on Wednesdays at noon. Sunday School is at 9:30 a.m. for children and adults. Children up to 6th grade are also invited to Children's Education during the 10:30 service. Adult Bible Study also occurs on Mondays at 10 a.m. and Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. Please visit our website for more information.

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