Confirmation

Reveille UMC


Register for the 2017-2018 Confirmation Class

For more information about the 2017-2018 confirmation class,
contact Ansley Higginbotham, Director of Youth Ministries.

Each year, Reveille invites students in eighth grade and above to participate in confirmation. The class is designed to empower and enable young people to respond to God’s call to be and make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. 

Class Schedule and Expectations


Each year, Reveille United Methodist Church invites those in eighth grade and beyond who have not yet joined the church to participate in a particular period of Christian formation known as confirmation. The class is designed to empower and enable young people to respond to God’s call to be and make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. With this goal in mind, confirmation includes both information and formation. Youth will learn information about scripture, the history of the Christian church, including the United Methodist Church, United Methodist theology and our worship practices. Youth will also be formed in their faith through sharing worship together, growing together in Sunday school class (when not in confirmation class), youth group, retreats, and through serving together in mission. At the end of the class, each student will be invited to decide whether or not he or she is ready to consciously embrace the Christian faith and vocation as his or her own and to accept the responsibilities of Christian discipleship.

Confirmation is a serious commitment that spans the course of a school year.

Along with parent and class leadership, the confirmands will have a mentor that walks beside them on their faith journey. Confirmands will have the option to personally ask someone to be their mentor, but we will also have a list of people who have mentored before to offer as suggestion, if needed.  Mentors should be members or regular attenders of Reveille United Methodist Church.

2017-2018 Class Schedule
Confirmation class will meet, 9:30 am-noon, in the room 02. As part of the class, we will attend worship together at either the 9:30 or 11:00 am worship service on the following dates:

September
Friday, September 15 – Confirmation Kick-Off Event, Trip to Sky Zone
September 17, 24
 
October
October 1, 15, 22, 29 (Oct 8 – No Confirmation)
 
November
Nov 5, 19 (November 12 and 26 No Confirmation)
 
December
December 3, 10 (December 17, 24, 31 – No Confirmation)
 
January
January 7, 21  (January 14, 28 – No Confirmation)
 
February
Feb 4, 11, 25  (February 18 – No Confirmation)
 
March
March 18, 25 (March 4, 11 – No Confirmation)
 
April
April 13-15 Confirmation Retreat Weekend
(April 1, 8 No Confirmation)
April 29 – Youth Sunday
 
May
May 20 – Confirmation Sunday
 
Confirmation 
A mandatory rehearsal for the Confirmation worship service will take place Sunday, May 13, 2018, at 9:30 am in the Sanctuary. Confirmation Sunday is set for Sunday, May 20, 2018.

Expectations
This year, you will receive a form to keep track of the following worship, growth, and service expectations:

Worship Expectations
•              Attend worship weekly.  Confirmation will sit together in worship on session weeks.  Families are expected to attend worship together on other weeks.  
•              Serve three times in worship at 8:30, 9:30, or 11:00 am (acolyte, crucifer, read scripture, serve communion, etc.) during the course of confirmation this year.
•              Attend alternative worship services to experience different styles of worship.  We may do this as a class.  More information to come.  
 
Grow Expectations
•              Miss no more than three of the 18 confirmation Sunday sessions (attendance at the Spring retreat is required so make sure your calendar is marked).
•              Attend Sunday school a minimum of 10 times during the confirmation.
•              Attend Youth Group a minimum of 10 times during the year.
 
Serve Expectations
•              Complete 10 hours of missional service during the course of confirmation this year.   
•              One evening in November, the class as a group, with their mentors, will serve with CARITAS, hosting the guests by preparing and serving dinner, as well as playing games with them.  More information to come.
 
Confirmands have from September 10, 2017, until May 13, 2018 to complete the above worship, grow, and serve requirements.
 
Also, in March and April, we will meet with both you and your teen to discuss his/her decision about joining the church. We believe this is a very personal decision, that completing the class does not require a youth to be confirmed, and that the individual youth’s decision should be respected by those around him or her. Faith in Christ is a life-long journey in which we grow, not a moment in time after which we have “graduated.”

Resources

For more information about Confirmation, please contact:
Ansley Higginbotham
Director of Youth Ministries
(804) 359-6041, ext. 128