To Love God and All People for the Transformation of the World
2019 CONFIRMATION DETAILS
This January, we will begin one of my favorite opportunities for our students. Our Confirmation Program serves as an opportunity for youth in grades seven and above to explore the Christian faith and to make a commitment to become a disciple of Jesus Christ. Each youth will learn what it means to be a Christian and a member of the United Methodist Church. The goal of this program is not for students to simply become members of this church, but for them to learn to love Jesus with their whole hearts and to love the church as it carries out Jesus’ mission in the world. Nothing gets me more excited than this!
There will be a mandatory orientation and information meeting concerning the 2019 Confirmation Program on Sunday, January 6, at 5:00 pm in the Upper Room. Classes will take place Sunday, January 13 through April 22 from 9:00 am-11:15 pm. The entire confirmation class will attend worship and Sunday school together as part of the confirmation process. January 13-February 24, the students will attend class at 9am and go to the Contemporary Service. March 3–April 14, they will attend class at 9:00am and go to the Traditional Worship Service. Our mandatory confirmation retreat at Heartland will be the weekend of March 1-3. We will celebrate Confirmation Sunday on April 28 with our rehearsal dinner on Saturday, April 27. Cost of Confirmation is $75 which includes the cost for the retreat and all materials. If you cannot afford the fee, we have families willing to help cover the cost.
Each youth will be assigned a mentor group that they will meet with throughout the Confirmation Program. On January 6, we will discuss the schedule, curriculum, and expectations for Confirmation; fill out the necessary paperwork; and answer questions. Please bring your child’s date of baptism to this meeting if they have already been baptized. Your attendance at this meeting, all the classes, and the retreat is very important to make your Confirmation experience both meaningful and memorable. Attendance is mandatory at the January 6 meeting for youth and at least one parent. Youth are also required to attend all of the Confirmation Retreat and at least 80% of the classes and church services in order to be eligible to be confirmed. Any exceptions must be cleared ahead of time with Mark.
We encourage you to prayerfully and faithfully consider your participation in the 2019 Confirmation Program. Traditionally, Confirmation has been offered to 7th graders, but if you do not feel your child is ready, we encourage you to wait a year. Also, we are open to students who are older than 7th grade too. Families are also encouraged to be actively involved in the confirmation process. The Equip Team is planning a special class called the Quake Parent Hangout in Mills Lounge during the Confirmation Class time. The students who gain the most from confirmation are those whose parents are actively involved in making this a positive experience and a priority for their entire family.
We are eager to embark on this exciting journey of discipleship for Jesus Christ with you. We hope to see you on Sunday, January 6, at 5:00 pm in the Upper Room.
If you have any questions, please contact Mark Confer at email@example.com.