Confirmation

Why Confirmation?

Confirmation is an important part of our journey of faith and an important time in the life of the church. It is the time when one takes ownership of their faith and decides if they are ready to make a public commitment to love God, follow Christ, participate in the life of the church, and join in God’s missional work in the word. Confirmation is not about helping youth check something off their list, but is about helping create a foundation for a lifetime of discipleship. Here at Fairfax UMC it is our joy to journey with each confirmand, surround them with love, and to help youth discover what it means to claim the name Christian. We aim to help youth see how Methodism can be a faithful way to live as a Christ follower in the world. We are so excited to be on this journey with you and look forward to how God will shape our faith and community together during this adventure.

Confirmation 2018

Confirmation 2018 at Fairfax UMC will last from Jan 6 – May 19 with Confirmation Sunday being on May 20th at the 9:30 service. Our confirmation program is open to all students in 7th-12th grade. We will meet every week from 9:10-10:45 in room 312. Please read below to see all the components, requirements, topics, and dates of our program. Please do not hesitate to let us know if you have any questions. We are very happy to work with you  and to make sure there are no barriers for your youth being able to patriciate in this journey with us. We look forward to being on this journey with you.

Sign Up For Confirmation 2018 Here

 

Components of Our Confirmation Program

  • Weekly gatherings on Sunday mornings from 9:30-10:45am in room 312.
  • Two Dinners – one at the beginning for a time to meet their mentors, and one at the end of the program as a time of celebration
  • Scripture – this year Bibles will be given to each youth at the beginning of confirmation so that each week during our time together when can discover how to engage scripture together. Students are expected to bring their Bibles each Sunday
  • Prayer – students will be given the book Wonder, Fear, and Longing: A Book of Prayers by Mark Yaconelli, on week 4. Throughout the following 10 weeks we will journey together through this book during the week outside of our Sunday morning time. The book invites us into a reflection on a topic, scripture mediations, written prayers, and several prayer practices. Prayer is an integral part of our confirmation journey
  • Mentors – Each confirmand will be paired with an adult mentor who will be a guide along the way. See more information about the role of the mentor below
  • Faith Statements and Rule of Life – Confirmands will write a faith statement and rule of life. A faith statement is a reflection of what the youth’s theological beliefs are at this point in their faith journey. A rule of life is a set of practices that the youth will do as a way of continuing to grow and live out their faith
  • Gifts – confirmands will receive a variety of gifts during the confirmation journey including: A Bible, a journal, 2 prayer books, a devotional book, and a cross
  • Trips – Confirmation will have 2 trips with an optional 3rd

The first trip is a service weekend retreat. We will spend Fri-Sat (Feb 16-17) serving in Washington, DC with Center for Student Missions

The 2nd trip will take place during our regular time on Sunday morning April 15 – we will be participating in a prayer journey through our community. We will be driving to several spots around Fairfax that represent different aspects of the life of our community and together we will learn what these places represent and pray for the people who are impacted by these places

The 3rd trip is optional and not required, but definitely encouraged. On March 16-18 all of our Jr. High students are invited to head to Goshen, VA for Journey Weekend with The Jeremiah Project. This is a weekend that is always a highlight for our Jr. High students.

Curriculum

  • For Sunday mornings we will be using Confirm as our guide for confirmation lessons.
  • Each confirmand will receive a student book that invites them to actively engage throughout the lessons.
  • Parents and mentors will also receive a small book as part of this curriculum that offers helpful wisdom about their roles in the confirmation journey
  • You can learn about Confirm here: https://www.cokesbury.com/confirm

Role of the Mentor

  • Meet once a month with confirmand to reflect over weekly lessons. The last 30 minutes of our weekly meeting will be provided on the last Sunday morning of each month (Jan 28, Feb 25, March 25, April 29)
  • Attend both dinners
  • Participate in the reading of Wonder, Fear, and Longing
  • Pray continually for their confirmand
  • Help confirmands write faith statement and rule of life

Expectations and Requirements

  • Youth must attend the two dinners, the retreat, and the ceremony
  • Youth cannot miss more than 3 weekly sessions. Because our program is only a few months, missing multiple sessions means the youth misses out on a large percentage of the material and by missing multiple weeks the church community connections between their peers and the adults are greatly impacted
  • Youth need to be active in another area of the church such as attending congregational worship, youth group, or volunteering to help in another area/ministry

Sign Up For Confirmation 2018 Here

 

Schedule of Dates and Lessons

Jan 6 – Welcome Dinner and time to meet mentors (Bibles/Journals)

Jan 7 – Living Together/Loving Together (Student Book)

Jan 14 – Wesley & The Methodists

Jan 21 – The Growth of Methodism

Jan 28 – Simple Worship (Wonder, Fear, and Longing – A Book of Prayers) {meet with mentors} [WFL – Intro]

Feb 4 – Remembrance/Accepting Grace – Focusing on The Sacraments [WFL Ch. 1]

Feb 11 – A Loving Church (UMC Social Principles and Guide for Missional Action) [WFL Ch. 2]

Feb 16-17 – CSM Retreat

Feb 18 – Video/Film TBA [WFL Ch. 3]

Feb 25 – Experiencing God – The Wesleyan Quadrilateral {meet with mentors} [WFL Ch. 4]

March 4 – The Bible [WFL Ch. 5]

March 11 – Prayer [WFL Ch. 6]

March 16-18 – Journey Weekend/No confirmation

March 25 – Who is God? {meet with mentors} [WFL Ch. 7]

April 1 – Easter – no confirmation

April 8 – Who Is Jesus? [WFL Ch. 8]

April 15 – Prayer Journey Through the Community – Trip

April 22 – The Holy Spirit [WFL Ch. 9]

April 29 – The Image of God {meet with mentors} [WFL Ch. 10]

May 6 – A Spirit to Find

May 13 – A Faith to Decide/A Faith to Live

May 19 – Celebration Dinner (Cross and Prayer Stones)

May 20 – Confirmation Sunday (Generation Change & Pray in Color)

Key:

(Gifts Confirmands Will Receive)

Trips and Special Events

[Going through the book Wonder, Fear, and Longing together]

{scheduled time to meet with mentors}