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.
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