We are offering a confirmation class this Fall for our 6th and 7th grade students at St. James UMC. Confirmation is such an important time in the life of our young people and in the life of our entire congregation.
Confirmation will allow an intentional time for your student to learn about the things that we profess as United Methodist Christians. We will do this by engaging in interactive lessons each week, taking day trips to learn more about other faith traditions, learning spiritual disciplines that allow us to grow closer to God, and learn about the history of the Church universal and the Methodist movement. Our Confirmation will be co-taught by our Middle School Sunday School Teachers and our pastors here on staff.
Confirmation is also a large commitment. We will meet around 8 times in the fall and another 8 times in the spring. We ask that your student miss no more than 2 sessions. If they have to miss, please reach out so you can receive any material that we covered and go over it with your student.
One of my favorite aspects of confirmation is the mentor process. Each student will have a mentor for the whole year. I ask the parents and confirmation students to identify and ask a member of the church to be the confirmation mentor for their student. Their role is easy as 1, 2, 3!
1) Pray daily for the student they are mentoring.
2) Check-in on the student weekly (via text, phone call, grabbing a cup of coffee, going to a ball game, etc.)
3) Worship monthly - it is so important that our students see other adults that they know in the worshipping congregation. Therefore, we ask the mentors to attend services at least once a month. It is even better if they sit with the student in worship!
When asking your prospective mentor, please make sure that they are willing and able to do the 3 things we are asking of them.
If you would like for your student to be apart of our confirmation class starting please click this link to sign them up:
Our first class will be on Sunday October 3rd. At this class, we would love for all of our parents and students to be in attendance. Classes will run through the spring with Confirmation Sunday being sometime in April.
In the next few weeks, you will receive a full calendar of class dates.
Also, if you know of any others that might be interested in confirmation, please pass this information along!
Please reach out if you have any questions! Thanks so much for all you do for your students and the youth at St. James UMC!