What is Confirmation?
Confirmation at Athens First United Methodist Church is a time of concentrated learning and reflection designed for seventh graders. The purpose of Confirmation is to help these students confirm their faith in God. We are focused on guiding and instructing our Confirmands on the vows they are making in order to become professing members of the United Methodist Church.
There are three goals set out for Confirmation:
- To have each Confirmand rejoice in God’s freedom and power and confess Jesus Christ as their Savior.
- To have each Confirmand grow deeper in their faith walk and desire to be active in student ministries and the Athens First United Methodist Church body.
- To have each Confirmation family grow deeper in their faith journey together and be renewed in their desire to serve Athens First United Methodist Church with their prayers, their presence, their gifts, their service, and their witness.
When is Confirmation This Year?
Due to COVID-19 risks and our church’s health and wellness goals for our congregation and community, Confirmation will take place in the spring semester of 2021. Right now, we are looking to have Confirmation begin on Sunday afternoon, January 24, and conclude with Confirmation Sunday worship on March 21.
Who Is in Charge of Confirmation?
The Confirmation experience is led by the Co-Directors of Youth Ministry: Laney Jones & Devin Burns. There is also a team of Confirmation mentors who will help to lead the Confirmands.
How Does the Mentor Team Work?
The Confirmation Mentor Team is a team of adult leaders who will serve as shepherds for the Confirmands during the Confirmation process, including the Confirmation Retreat and all Sunday night Confirmation sessions. This leadership team will also continue serving with the Confirmation Class beyond their Confirmation in the church.
What About Attendance Requirements?
Our Confirmation process is a comprehensive package comprised of a retreat, learning and activity sessions, a banquet, and a worship service with the Athens First UMC Congregation. It is intended that participants be involved in the whole range of activities alongside their peers. If an absence must take place, please contact Devin or Laney to find a time for your child to make-up the lesson that they missed.
Do You Offer Confirmation for Older Youth & Adults?
The Confirmation experience in spring of 2021 is for students in grade 7, but we do offer alternative options for anyone older than grade 7 who would like to be confirmed in the United Methodist Church. If you are an older youth or an adult who would like to go through Confirmation, please contact Devin or Laney for more information.