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 11, 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: Sunday school on Sunday mornings, 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 20, 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, November 3, 2016, and continuing through March. Attendance at the classes is required, with a maximum of three misses allowed.
November 3, 10, 17December 1, 8, 15, 22 January 5, 12, 19, 26February 2, 9, 23 March 2, 16, 23, 20April 6, 20
There is a required event for all confirmands, Friday, March 10, through Sunday, March 12, 2017. 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.)
Confirmation Sunday is April 23, 2017. 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, April 22, 4:00-6:00 PM.
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 2017 Required Confirmation Dates