At Jesse Lee Memorial United Methodist Church, we offer confirmation classes to students in the eighth grade and above. Confirmation is an important step in the lives of Christian students. It is the affirmation of their baptisms and the time when they say, “Thank you for raising me within the Christian community. I am now ready to make my own commitment to Jesus Christ.”
Confirmation class is not just an in-depth Bible study with a focus on United Methodist doctrine. It is a time for personal spiritual growth, assessment, and accountability. The Confirmation journey is intended to impart the importance of the commitment the students will be making—a lifelong decision to serve, worship, and be a witness for God. It is designed to reflect the expectations Jesse Lee has for all its members: faithful attendance at worship, active participation in a small group, and continuing Christian education.
Starting on Rally Day on Sunday, September 9, confirmands will need to attend a Sunday morning worship service and participate in a weekly small group for three out of every four weeks. Small group options include: youth group on Sunday evenings, our weekly Bible discussion group, choir/orchestra, and so on.
The Confirmation journey begins with an informational meeting at the Carriage House on Thursday, October 4, starting at 7:00 PM. Each confirmand is required to participate with at least one parent. We will collect $45 for curriculum and materials from each confirmand during the online registration process. You sign up for Confirmation by completing the online registration (below).
Confirmation classes will be held on Thursday afternoons, 4:30-6:00, beginning on Thursday, October 18, 2018, and continuing through March. Attendance at the classes is required, with a maximum of three misses allowed.
October 18, 25 November 1, 8, 15, 29 December 8, 13, 20 January 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 February 7, 21, 28 March 7, 14, 21, 28 April 4, 11May 2, 9, 16
There is a required event for all confirmands, Friday, April 26, through Sunday, April 28, 2019. The cost for meals, lodging, and materials will be $145 per person, and registration will be held separately. (If this fee presents a burden, we can extend you a scholarship up to the full amount.)
Our Bishop desires to meet with all Confirmands in the Conference. Our class will attend the rally on May 11, at the Poughkeepsie United Methodist Church. We will meet at 8:30 and should expect to be home by 3:30. The event is free, but required.
Confirmation Sunday is May 19, 2019. The confirmands will be leading both the 9:00 and 11:00 services that day. There will be a required rehearsal for the Confirmation service on Saturday, May 18, 10:00 AM - Noon.
This is not a small list of requirements, and we realize teenagers’ schedules are tight. But confirmation is not something to be entered into lightly, nor is it simply a rite-of-passage or an item on a checklist. A firm foundation in Christianity will help to ensure a successful future and healthy relationships. Please join me with a positive reinforcement of the process.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Neal Bowes.
Download the 2019 Required Confirmation Dates