for grades 6-8
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What is Confirmation?
Confirmation is a year-long period of discipleship where we help our youth take ownership of their faith. During this time, our students will learn about God, the church, our beliefs, and ways they can put their faith into action. Classes will begin in October and last through April.
Traditionally, Confirmation is a class held every other year for 6th - 8th graders. Older youth who have not been through confirmation are welcome to join as well.
At the end of our time together, each young person will be able to make the personal decision to accept Christ and move into full membership in the church. Most groups find it to be a fulfilling, exciting and fun year – we do our best to make it that way!
Confirmation does require commitment.
This is a course that requires a high level of commitment from the student, parents, and student mentor (more on mentors later). A student cannot miss more than 3 of the 20 confirmation classes. If a class needs to be missed, make sure to reach out to Danielle to get the information missed from that class. There are also extra events that our students (and often mentors) are expected to participate in.
Beyond the Confirmation classes themselves, which take place on Wednesdays, there is an expectation that the students will participate in Sunday worship with their families and will come to other youth events and activities when able.
Confirmands will not be alone in this journey.
Along with their fellow classmates, our confirmands will have a mentor, prayer partner, and teachers to guide them. They will be encouraged to ask questions and seek answers.
Who can be a mentor?
Each confirmand will be asked to choose an adult (not a family member) to be their mentor. Mentors are not perfect Christians and they do not have all the answers. These are simply men and woman of the church who are willing to walk alongside our students and help support them in their faith journey through prayer, honest conversations about God and life, and meetings. While mentors do not need to have gone through confirmation themselves, they do need to be an active member of a church. Ideally he or she will be a member of Howell FUMC, but this is not required so long as they are actively involved in a church.
What do mentors do?
Mentors should plan on meeting with their confirmand at least 2 times during the course of the confirmation year outside of planned Confirmation activities. Some examples of meetings could be going out for ice cream at DQ, having dinner at the confirmands home, or watching their confirmands school activity (game, concert, recital, etc.). Beyond this, mentors support their student through constant prayer, and being willing to have honest conversations with their confirmand about the Christian faith.
Meetings must follow our Code of Conduct/Child Protection Policy. Meetings must be held in public spaces such as the mall or a restaurant. Meetings must be scheduled between the mentor and parent/guardian. All mentors are required to have a background check.
Why have mentors?
The idea behind this program is that the mentor will help support the student as they go through Confirmation and can help the student to feel more connected to the church. The hope is that this will be a mutually rewarding experience and they will both grow together in faith through conversations and time spent with one another.
What if I don't know a person who could be a good mentor?
No worries! There are many women and men in our church who would make a great mentor for your youth. If you would like some suggestions on potential mentors from the church, please let Danielle know when you register.
Registration ends on September 15th.
Register using the form below, or email Danielle Burkhart with any questions.