What is Confirmation?
Confirmation is a ministry that equips young people to follow Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour in their daily living.
How are Confirmation and Baptism related?
Confirmation is to Baptism what endorsing a check is to receiving a check. Until a check is endorsed it’s a promise of payment, but it’s not worth much in practical terms. At confirmation young people sign their lives over to Christ and say publicly that they are ready to claim all the privileges and responsibilities of baptism as their own. In the event that youth have previously been baptized as infants or toddlers, Confirmation allows young people to make a personal and public commitment to Jesus Christ. For young people who haven’t been baptized, Confirmation prepares them to make an informed decision about whether they want to be baptized or not at this time; if so, confirmation and baptism would ordinarily occur at the same time. It is not unusual for a young person to be baptized and make their confirmation on the same day. These rites of passage can also occur at different times during the Confirmation process.
Do I have to confirm my faith in order to be part of the Second Family?
No. You can continue to participate in our congregation’s family life. You won’t be a member, but you will still be a brother or sister in Christ. We don’t want people to feel pressured into confirming their faith.
Are Confirmation and church membership linked?
Yes. When we make a commitment to become a disciple of Christ, we also commit to a particular group of Christ-followers. Members are allowed to vote, and take certain leadership roles.
Who is Confirmation for?
Youth in 8th grade and up as of the beginning of the 2016 school year.
What if I choose not to participate in Confirmation at this time?
That’s fine! We don’t force anyone to participate in confirmation. There will still be Sunday morning small group offerings for youth of any age not participating in Confirmation. If now is not the right time, consider participating another time. Confirmation is offered every other year.
Who leads our confirmation ministry?
Pastor Jeff Gibelius and our Director of Youth Ministries, Ashley Leggett, have designed our approach to Confirmation and will be doing most of the teaching and leading. Other people will supplement their efforts in other ways such as supervision, mentoring, or encouragement.
What if I will miss some sessions?
No one can participate in everything, and we don’t expect you to. On the other hand, every session and event is unique and important. Only you and God know whether and when you are prepared to make a decision to follow Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.
When does Confirmation meet?
Confirmation includes Sunday morning classes at 9am, worship at 8 or 10:30am, and several retreats.
What does Confirmation consist of?
- Weekly Worship
- A faith partner relationship with an adult
- Two overnight retreats
- A Confirmation dinner
- Sunday morning sessions – learning, praying together, growing together