Christian Education - Confirmation
Confirmation is a faith exploration process that takes dedication and commitment. A confirmand must be committed not only to his/her own journey, but also to the journey of the whole class. No matter what the decision about membership at the end of the class, every young adult should spend time thinking about how they want religion to be a part of their lives. Confirmation is that opportunity at Westmoreland. Confirmation will be exciting and fun, but it will also be challenging and even difficult. We ask that you and your families honor the requirements below if you decide to take confirmation. We will have a covenant for both parents and confirmands to sign before the class starts.
Confirmation Class Outline for 2011-2012: Rivers of Paradise
- Attendance: Participants must attend all confirmation classes. Each confirmand will be allowed two absences; only one of these may be a retreat. If a confirmand misses more than two classes, he or she will have to arrange make-up work with the facilitators in order to be confirmed.
- Worship Leadership: Each confirmand must participate in worship leadership at Westmoreland twice during the year. This means they must have some leadership role (scripture reading, prayer, music, choir, etc) in a worship service (Sunday morning, Sunday evening or special service like Ash Wednesday) during this year.
- Community Participation: During the year, each confirmand will attend at least one youth group activity and one Westmoreland community activity outside of Sunday morning worship.
- Bible Study: Each confirmand will present Bible study questions with a partner for the class. We will have one pair’s Bible discussion in most classes.
- Sermon Notes: Each student will take sermon notes on a prepared worksheet for two sermons during the year.
- Faith Statement: Participants will each compose a two-part faith statement. The first part will be their written beliefs about God and religion. The second part will be an artistic representation of their faith (drawing, song, dance, sculpture, etc).
- Mentors: Each confirmand will be paired with a church member to be their mentor. They must meet together at least three times during the year: once for a Bible study discussion, once for a service project, and once for a fun activity.
- Service: While further service projects are not required for confirmation, we strongly suggest that confirmands do social service and reflect upon their faith while doing so.
- Friday-Sunday, Oct. 7-9—Opening Retreat at Camp Wabanna
- Sunday, Oct. 23 (4-6pm)—Creation and Science
(Bible Study—Genesis 1:1-2:4a—EXAMPLE)
- Sunday, Oct. 30 (10:00) --- Special Service recognizing the confirmands.
- Sunday, Nov. 6 (4-6pm)—Exodus and Ten Commandments
(Bible Study—Deuteronomy 5:1-22)
- Sunday, Nov. 20 (4-6pm)—Prayer
(Bible Study—Matthew 6:7-15)
- Sunday, Dec. 11 (4-6pm)—Christmas and Christology
(Bible Study—John 1:1-18)
- Sunday, Jan. 8 (4-6pm)—Parables and Religious Symbols
- Sunday, Jan. 29 (4-6pm)—Worship and Sacraments
- Sunday, Feb. 12 (4-6pm)— How culture shapes our understanding of Jesus, Sermon on the Mount
(Bible Study—Matthew 5:1-16)
- Sunday, Feb. 26 (4-6pm)—Service, Justice, and Advocacy (Faith in the public square)
(Bible Study—Matthew 28:16-20)
- Sunday, Mar. 11 (4-6pm)—Holy Week and Easter
(Bible Study—Mark 16:1-8)
- Sunday, Mar. 25 (4-6pm)—Our Local Church—history and hopes
(Bible Study—Acts 11:19-26)
- Sunday, Apr. 15 (4-6pm)—Questions of Our Faith
- Friday-Saturday, Apr. 28-29 (7pm-5pm)—Spring Retreat—Symbols, Creeds, Confessions, Statements of Faith, and Membership
- Sunday, May 13 (4-6pm)—Follow up on faith statements, plan Confirmation service, evaluations
- Saturday, May 26 (6pm)—Confirmation Dinner (organized by parents)
- Sunday, May 27 (10am)—Confirmation Service
- Ms. Miriam Hill
- Mr. Mike Durst
- Mr. John Forrest Douglas, Interim Director of Children, Youth, and Families
- Rev. Robert Maddox, Minister of Discipleship
Page last updated 19 September 2011.