Confirmation in The United Methodist Church is a time of intentional preparation, leading to the first public profession of faith. During this time young persons “make firm” what has gone before: God’s prevenient grace, baptism, the teaching and witness of parents and other persons of faith, the teachings and life together in the church, the student’s own growing faith. Youth are invited to claim for themselves the name Christian and the name United Methodist. Confirmation is a significant step in the journey of faith.
Unlike baptism, which is a sacrament, confirmation is a repeatable rite in The United Methodist Church. Standing before the congregation to profess one’s faith as part of a confirmation ceremony is not limited to only one special time. In addition to confirmation of younger youth, the Book of Discipline encourages a time of intentional preparation and the rite of confirmation for older youth as well.
Claim the name Christian: to profess Jesus Christ as their Savior, put their whole trust in his grace, and promise to serve him as their Lord, in union with the church which Christ has opened to people of all ages, nations, and races.
Claim the name United Methodist: to be loyal to the United Methodist Church, doing all in their power to strengthen its ministries, by their prayers, their presence, their gifts, their service, and their witness.
Sessions (over seven weeks):
- About That Name and Prepare for the Journey: Advent
- Celebrate the Birth: Christmas
- Grow in Faith: Epiphany
- Prepare for New Life: Lent
- Celebrate New Life: Easter
- Prepare for the Spirit: Pentecost
- I Belong to Jesus Christ!
Orientation Session (for confirmands, parents, and mentors): Sunday, October 23nd, 2011 at 2 PM
Please let Pastor Chuck Forbes know the name, age, and grade level of your child who will be confirmed.