Confirmation 2018

 

CONFIRMATION CLASSES FOR 2018 BEGIN JULY 16TH!

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN - Link HERE.
Deadline to register is June 24th.

If you were not able to attend the Interest Meeting held on February 11th, please contact Marlene Passarelli at mpassarelli@lumcvb.org  for information and to be included in our participant list. 


In order to best accommodate everyone's schedule, Confirmation Classes for 2018 will be offered over four weekday evenings this summer - July 16th-19th (6-9pm). Get all the information you'll need below, and watch for an announcement when registration opens later in the Spring.

Confirmation is open to students who will have completed the 6th grade by June 2018 and any older students who have not yet participated.

Our first session will take place on Monday, July 16th (6:00-9:00pm).  Parents are asked to attend this first session.  You're welcome and encouraged to attend all other sessions, as well - we can absolutely use your help - but there will be some important info just for you at this first one.  We'll be meeting in the Youth Room (upstairs over the fellowship hall) for most sessions.
  
We're looking forward to a great time of learning and growing together in our faith.  Questions?  Please contact Marlene Passarelli (mpassarelli@lumcvb.org).


2018 SESSION DATES & TIMES

Monday, July 16th - Thursday, July 19th (6-9pm)
Confirmation Sessions #1-4

Youth Room

Friday, Sept. 7th (6:30-8:30pm)
Confirmation Prep Meeting
Sanctuary

Sunday, Sept. 9th (8:45am/11am) - This is a tentative date.  We'll discuss the Confirmation Ceremony Date to be sure it works for everyone.
Confirmation Sunday Celebration
Sanctuary


Confirmation Classes are often thought of as a way to prepare students at a certain age for "membership" in the church.  But Confirmation is really so much more.  CONFIRMATION is an important time in a student’s life – a spiritual milestone – a time when he or she “makes firm” and builds upon the foundation laid by parents and the faith community.  It is a call to discipleship, a call to claim the name Christian for himself/herself. 

Some of the topics we cover include:

Who is God?
The Problem of Sin & God's Plan of Salvation
Our Identity
Jesus Christ - Our Savior & Lord

The Holy Spirit and the Church  
The Bible

Worship
The Body of Christ in Action
Our United Methodist Heritage
What United Methodists Believe


Students will be challenged through activities, group interaction and discussion, videos and other media, to consider their personal faith journey. They will be encouraged to ask questions and we'll seek the answers together through God's Word. We'll also learn about the church - its history, its sacred practices, its future. And our hope is that students will be led to discover a personal relationship with Christ and their own role in Christ's Church and God's plan for our world. 


ADDITIONAL NOTES: 

This is the first year that we are doing Confirmation Classes in the summer instead of in the winter/spring on Friday evenings or during Faith Formation Classes on Sunday morning. We arrived at these dates by consensus during our Feb. 11th Interest/Info Meeting and hope that the more relaxed schedule in the summer months will provide a great time of growing and learning together about our faith. 

  • A mentor will not be needed.  Parents are welcome and encouraged to attend. 
  • We will have a luncheon with the students and their parents to celebrate completion of the classes.  
  • A tentative date of Sept. 9th has been set for the Confirmation Ceremony during one worship service either at 8:45 or 11am. We will discuss this as a group once classes begin and if it is not good for most, we'll find a new date. For those who are not able to attend on that date, we will find a later date where you can be confirmed individually and your classmates will be encouraged to stand with you at that time.  (We're all in this together!)
  • If a student does not yet feel ready to make this commitment, families have the option to choose a time when they feel their child is ready to make the vows of membership.  

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Marlene Passarelli (mpassarelli@lumcvb.org).