Confirmation is intentionally designed to help students grow in their spiritual formation and will allow students to form a more personal and in depth relationship with God. This experience will give students the opportunity to ask hard questions about what they believe and why. As a community we will explore the history, practices, and beliefs of the Christian faith from a United Methodist perspective. We want students to not just learn about Jesus, but become deeply devoted followers of Christ. Confirmation is offered to students 8th grade and up. The next confirmation class will be offered in Fall of 2020. At the end of 13 weeks they are given the opportunity to personally respond to Jesus’ call to live as a disciple after intentional faith formation through discipleship and hands-on experiences.
As a class, we will discuss a spiritual topic and then students will have the opportunity to ask questions and explore the topic in depth with their peers and a small group mentor that will help guide their discussions. This will allow them to grow deeper by learning from their peers and it will create an environment where they feel safe taking their faith to the next level. Our goal is for the topic to be engaging, meaningful, and fun, where they will grow in knowledge and love of God. Each week we will have different games and activities that go along with the topic at hand.
We believe that confirmation is a very serious and important commitment. Because of this, students will only be permitted to miss 2 classes during the 13 week semester and if the Youth Director thinks it is pertinent, you will be required to make up the class. If your student is going to miss more than 2 classes, they need to wait to enroll in confirmation at another time. We take this very seriously because this course is discussion based and is meant to be experienced in community. Therefore it is less valuable when the student is not surrounded by their peers. If you have any questions about this, please contact Krista Gonzalez.
Students will be required to complete weekly assignments and to read the book of Luke during the semester.
Students will be required to attend worship every week whether that is Sunday morning, or Sunday night youth service.
Students will be required to have a mentor. This can be a parent, guardian, or another adult in the students life. The mentor will be responsible for holding the students accountable to their assignments and will also participate in the "mentor discussion questions" provided each week. Mentors will be required to attend the first confirmation class.
Lastly, the students will be required to complete service hours and attend an experience day, which is described below.
Serving is a vital part of living out our faith and allows us to spread God’s love to those around us. Serving allows us to be the hands and feet of Jesus Christ on this earth. Because we believe this is so important as Christians, the students will be required to complete 2 hours of community service this semester.
Students will have the opportunity to experience various forms of worship through experience days. They will be given the opportunity to attend another church or worship service outside of the United Methodist denomination. We believe this will open their eyes to new types of worship, whether it’s a different denomination or a different religion entirely. In class they will have time to discuss where they experienced God and what stuck out to them through these different worship experiences.
Fall 2020 Details
-TBD, check back in August for more information!
Please contact Krista Gonzalez at firstname.lastname@example.org or 816-781-4554 x115 with any questions.