What is Confirmation? From The Book of Order:
The church nurtures those baptized as children and calls them to make public their personal profession of faith and their acceptance of responsibility in the life of the church. When these persons are ready, they shall be examined by the session. After the session has received them as active members they shall be presented to the congregation during a service of public worship. In that service the church shall confirm them in their baptismal identity. They shall reaffirm the vows taken at Baptism by
a. professing their faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior,
b. renouncing evil and affirming their reliance on God’s grace,
c. declaring their intention to participate actively and responsibly in the worship and mission of the church.
They are commissioned for full participation in the mission and governance of the church, and are welcomed by the congregation.
Important Dates All Confirmation Sessions are during Youth Group (5:30-6:30 pm)
Nov. 3 Day of Service
Nov. 9-11 Fall Retreat (Introduction to Confirmation)
Nov. 18 Confirmation Worship (for confirmands & parents)
Dec. 2 Session 1 – What is Confirmation?
Dec. 9 Session 2 – How do we know and trust God?
Jan. 6 Session 3 – What is sin and how do we turn from it??
Jan. 13 Session 4 – Who is your Lord?
Jan. 20 Session 5 – Who is your Savior?
Jan. 27 Session 6 – What does it mean to be a disciple of Jesus?
Feb. 24 Session 7 – What does it mean to show Christ’s love?
Mar. 3 Session 8 – Will you devote yourself to the Church’s teaching?
Mar. 10 Session 9 – Will you devote yourself to the Church’s fellowship?
Mar. 17 Session 10 – Will you devote yourself to the breaking of bread?
Mar. 23 Spring Service Project
Mar. 31 Session 11 – Will you devote yourself to the prayers?
Apr. 7 Session 12 – Are you ready to cross over?
Apr. 17 Meeting with the Session
May 12 Confirmands presented in worship
Please Note that the curriculum phase of Confirmation may begin on December 2nd, but the Confirmation process begins in Youth Group on September 9th. Confirmands and their leaders will meet weekly to build relationships and lay the groundwork of trust that makes it possible to have transformative conversations about faith and life.
Attendance Policy Any missed Confirmation sessions will need to be made up by completing a make-up session at home that will parents and youth will complete together. If you anticipate missing 3 or more sessions, please speak with Matt or John Ryan to discuss options.