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What is Confirmation?
Confirmation is youth foundation education from a Christian foundation, with three pillars of scripture, adventure, and service. During the school year, we gather weekly on Wednesday evenings to talk about God, have fun, and support each other. Service opportunities and other engaging events continue year-round.
Why participate in Confirmation?
Most students participate to build friendships, help different communities, and explore their faith in preparation for Confirmation Sunday. Our current program includes 6th-9th graders, building foundational relationships and values that will guide them into young adulthood.
What is Confirmation Sunday?
This ceremony, typically after three years of Confirmation programming, is when youth may choose to affirm their baptism, promising to “to live among God’s faithful people, to hear the word of God and share in the Lord’s Supper, to proclaim the good news of God in Christ through word and deed, to serve all people, following the example of Jesus, and to strive for justice and peace in all the earth.” Some people compare it to high school graduation, as this milestone recognizes how students are prepared and committed to grown-up responsibilities. Others focus less on the milestone, and more on the opportunity to get together weekly.
When is Confirmation Sunday?
Confirmation Sunday is typically the first or second Sunday in May. As we transition programming age groups, with the goal of fall 2020 9th graders having already been confirmed as 8th graders the previous spring, upcoming Confirmation Sundays will resemble this sequence:
Confirmation Sunday May 6, 2018 – 9th graders
Confirmation Sunday 2019 – 9th graders
Confirmation Sunday 2020 – 8th & 9th graders
Confirmation Sunday 2021 – 8th graders
What happens after being Confirmed?
This is a milestone, not a finish line! We hope confirmands will continue to stay involved in high school events and general church programming, deepening the faith exploration and peer support relationships that they forged during their years in Confirmation. Being confirmed also formalizes youths' status as mature members of the congregation, so they can vote on congregational decisions and practice new responsibilities and continue service in the community.
How many students are in Confirmation?
So far for the 2017-2018 programming year, our number of weekly participants is 32 students. For the 2016-2017, there were 27 participants, and we hope to continue growing the quantity and quality of our connections.
What if our schedule is too busy?
In general, students today are leading busier lives than generations past, with new opportunities, learning environments, and activity demands. Christian ministry continues to grow and adapt to congregational needs, so we can empathize with hesitation over adding another weekly commitment. That being said, Confirmation students affirm that weekly time together is a bright spot in the middle of their week, a time for peace and unwinding, boredom-breaking fun, and reflection on life issues and solutions to keep us centered in the days ahead. Consider if building friendships, exploring faith, and helping others are among your priorities, and we will partner with families to navigate any scheduling conflicts or obstacles.
Is weekly attendance mandatory?
That being said, students have talked to me about appreciating Some students will also occasionally let me know they have decided to miss class for a day to focus on homework or mental health. While weekly attendance is expected, as this will help students get the most out of such an experiential program, students’ wellbeing is our priority, so I will work with families to navigate different scheduling situations.