Confirmation Classes are held on Sunday mornings at 9:45AM in classroom 212 from January-May.
Through confirmation, the church renews its commitment to the Christian growth and discipleship of your child. More importantly, your child now has the chance for him/herself to enter into the commitment to the journey of faith that began at their baptism. As the Director of Youth Ministries, I believe confirmation represents one of the most important events in our faith journey. I am confident that the Confirmation process will be a season of growth and deeper commitment for your child.
The Class of 2017 will be confirmed on Sunday, May 7th, during our worship service. This will be a poignant and very important moment in the life of your child. Please feel free to invite whomever you would like to join us in worship. It will be a special day!
Through confirmation your child will have the opportunity to explore his/her faith and ask questions. Part of the confirmation process is to develop a relationship with a long-time member in our congregation who is committed to Christ. At the start of Confirmation, each Confirmand will be asked to pick a “Mentor.” The Confirmand will need to arrange their schedule with this person. The time together is intended for that youth to build a relationship and hear from the mentor on questions about their faith, theology and church history. These questions will be provided during class.
As a parent, your encouragement is essential. At their baptism, you promised to guide them into accepting Jesus Christ for themselves and you are the most important person in this process. Each week we will be using Theocademy Confirmation Curriculum that offers fun and unique videos to dive into each subject. These videos will be available to you. I encourage you to watch them and talk to your children about what they have learned. The FPC ministers welcome parents and guardians to come to them with any theological questions or concerns. In doing so, we hope families will grow together in knowledge and understanding of the Presbyterian faith and tradition.
Confirmation Class will begin in January and finish up on Confirmation Sunday in May. If your child has to miss a meeting for any reason they will need to schedule a time to make up the session with the presenter. Illness and other things happen that change schedules, which is certainly understandable. I want this to be a positive experience for everyone and will work with you if “life” happens.
Statement of Faith & Profession of Faith
At the end of our time together, each student will prepare a “Statement of Faith” that will be presented to the church session in order that they may be approved for church membership. We will spend time with each Confirmand to answer any questions or concerns they have about making a public profession of faith in Jesus Christ. While we will do our very best to make it possible for your child to be confirmed, it is important that you and your child take seriously this commitment to the Confirmation process. If your child does not feel ready to take this step by the end of our time together, it is okay. I want it to be their decision and for them to know that they are loved even if they feel they need to wait to take this step.
I am excited to have the opportunity to be a part of this very important moment in your child’s life. If you’re interested in signing up your child for a future Confirmation Class, please contact Rev. Lyndsey McCall, Director of Youth Ministries.
Our Confirmation Schedule:
January 8th What is Confirmation -Lyndsey
January 22nd Sovereignty of God – Lyndsey
January 29th Grace and Gratitude- Randy
February 5th God’s Providence/ Election and Predestination -Al
February 12th Election of People to Service/Salvation – Lyndsey
February 19th A Covenant Life/ An Ordered Life-Kerrie
February 24-26th Confirmation Retreat at Camp Hanover
March 5th Life According to the Word of God- Al
March 12th Human Sinfulness/Idolatry and Tyranny-Al
March 19th Faithful Stewardship/Shunning Ostentation-Kerry
March 26th Presbyterian Worship-Lyndsey
April 2nd Presbyterian History- Kerri
April 9th Presbyterian Polity- Al
April 23rd Q & A /Faith Statements –Lyndsey & Kerri
April 24th Faith Statements at 7:00pm Session Meeting
May 7th Confirmation/Youth Sunday