for students in 8-12th Grades
As we strive to encourage our youth and have them make informed decisions when it comes to their faith, we have a mandatory minimum 80% attendance rate in order to participate in Confirmation. Any missed lesson is to be reviewed with your Confirmation mentor.
We are excited about bringing in-person Confirmation back to our students this year. Confirmation is for those who are ready to take on the vows of Baptism for themselves that may have been given on their behalf as an infant, or for the first time. Classes cover a variety of Christian, Methodist, and local church topics to prepare students for their continued faith journey.
- 1/8: Confirmation Interest Meeting 10:00am | In the Parlor Confirmation Packet. Explanation of mentors.
Review Expectations and schedule.
- 1/22: Confirmation Kick-off. Noon -1:30 pm | Session 1: The Story of God & Holy Trinity
- 2/4: Confirmation Late Night Session w Bowling at Uptown Alley | 7:00-11:00 pm Session 2:
Relationship: Broken & Israel: God’s Chosen People
- 2/26: Confirmation Session 3. Noon- 1:30 pm The Promise of Resurrection and What’s Yet to Come?
- March Retreat. Date coming soon! We are told it’s either the first or second Saturday in March, stay
tuned! Session 4: Jesus God with us, Grace, Restored Relationship
- 3/19: Confirmation Session. Noon- 1:30 pm | Session 5: What is the Church? Who is Trinity UMC?
- 4/14: Confirmation Rehearsal & Celebration Dinner for youth, families and mentors at 6:45pm-8pm
- 4/16: Confirmation Day at Worship Service of Confirmand’s choice
WHAT IS A CONFIRMATION MENTOR?
As part of the Confirmation process, the Confirmands participate in a program of sharing their faith journey with a “Mentor.” A “Mentor” or “Faith Friend,” is a Christian adult that the Confirmand feels comfortable with and can share their journey of faith with through Bible study, outings and time spent together.
The Mentor may be an aunt, uncle, neighbor or any other adult. The Mentor does not have to be a member of Trinity UMC. Parents should not be the mentor of their own child, as mentors are meant to allow the youth to develop other figures of faith in their lives. However, parents are encouraged to be participating in discussions of faith with their Confirmand.
We desire for our youth to have faith that “sticks”. The Fuller Youth Institute research shows that youth need 5 or more adult faith mentors in their lives to give them the best chance at having a faith that sticks. Though parents still maintain the number one influence in their child’s life, it is crucial that youth have other adults in their lives who model faith, support them in hardship and are willing to talk about the things that matter in life.
Someone who is continually growing in their relationship with Jesus Christ and active in their faith.
Minimum of 10 guided discussions, approximately 1 hour per session. Additional time spent with the Confirmand is desired and encouraged.
- Pray for the Confirmand’s spiritual growth
- Attend Confirmation Luncheon Rehearsal & the Confirmation Worship Service
- Serving as an adult during Confirmation class welcomed but not required.