By Keith Lee, Associate Pastor
It has been an honor to be part of three confirmation classes so far at Trinity. I enjoyed getting to know all confirmands through the years. I look forward to the next one, which starts in September. I’m calling it “Confirmation 3.0” because I have made two significant changes in the past and plan to make others for the upcoming one.
The reason for the changes? One, confirmation classes are important to the life of the church and, more specifically, to the youth. Both the church and participants invest much time and energy into this process. Moreover, I enjoy the class through teaching basics of faith, interacting with confirmands, and getting to know their parents. Therefore, I would like to present the best possible content, format and experience. Two, after every confirmation class (even though I felt like I gave it my best), there are areas that I want to improve or feel something was missing. Therefore, there will be noticeable adjustments made for 2019.
What are the changes? First, I want to use a curriculum. When I led Confirmation 2016, I inherited a curriculum which I found not satisfactory. For 2017, I made my own curriculum and made more tweaks on it for 2018. They were good but in the end, the confirmands did not have a book that summarized all the knowledge and experiences to aid their recollection. Therefore, we will use a confirmation curriculum Confirm published by Cokesbury.
Second, we will incorporate confirmation class more into the youth group. For Confirmation 2019, it will meet twice a month at 9:30 a.m. and once at 11:30 a.m. Previously, confirmation and youth group were two separate groups and did not have opportunities to interact. Last year, during the middle of the year, changes were made so that it met during youth group once a month. For this year, this interaction will be built into the schedule from the start because one of the goals is to incorporate confirmands into youth group for continued participation afterwards.
The third change will be to involve more peer helpers and mentors in confirmation. Parents have been phenomenal in terms of their cooperation and volunteering. They provided most of the support for confirmation through being available for mentoring and ministry assistance. Their involvement is critical and vital and therefore, an additional support by youth volunteers will strengthen and deepen the process.
For the upcoming Confirmation 2019, a parents’ preparation session will be on Aug. 26 at 9:30 a.m. in the Chapel. The first class will begin on Sept. 9 at 11:30 a.m. during youth group. Look for more information in the bulletin and E-News. Looking forward to an awesome Confirmation 2019!