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.
Begin Confirmation with the Confirmation Retreat!
Confirmation officially begins August 23-25, 2019, with a retreat to Camp Glisson in Dahlonega, GA. This retreat is an important beginning to our Confirmation journey together. The spiritual foundation of the retreat features fellowship, worship, reflection, presentation of Bibles, Bible study and application, and team-building activities for the new Confirmation class.
Our Confirmation Sessions Begin After the Retreat.
On Sunday, September 8, we will begin our Sunday evening Confirmation sessions. There are nine total sessions, from 6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
On Sunday evenings, the Youth Encounter program runs from 5:45-7:30 p.m. Starting at 5:45, the Confirmands will eat with the entire youth group, then participate in worship and the message for the evening with the youth group. Dinner, worship and the message will last until 6:30. After the message, the Confirmands will go to Hancock Hall for the evening sessions.
Who Is In Charge of Confirmation?
The Confirmation 2019 experience is led by Josh Miles. 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 Josh to find a time for your child to make-up the lesson that they missed.
Costs and Registration
The cost of confirmation is $220. This covers Camp Glisson lodging and meals, the Camp Glisson Low Elements Course, Confirmation supplies, a confirmation t-shirt, and a new Bible for the Confirmation journey and beyond. The bulk of these costs are centered on our retreat experience.
IMPORTANT: Registration and $220 balance are due by Monday, August 5, 2019. Please help us in sticking to this deadline so that we can be best prepared for each and every Confirmation participant.
There are two ways to get fully registered for Confirmation:
Registration Option 1: You can fill out the online registration below; which includes the online payment as part of the registration.
Registration Option 2: Many parents already filled out the paper registration document at the parent orientation on April 28. If you have done, or will do, a paper registration you can either pay the Confirmation balance via the payment link below or bring a check for $220.00 to Kayla Thomason at the church by Monday, August 5.
Confirmands are welcome to all youth group activities before the first Confirmation session on September 8; starting August 4 with Promotion Sunday. This includes Youth Sunday School (August 4), Encounter (starting August 11), and Youth Bible Study (starting August 14).
August 4: Promotion Sunday
August 5: Confirmation Registration/Fee due NO LATER than this date.
Registration and $220 Confirmation fee can be submitted online or turned in to Josh Miles or Kayla Thomason
August 23-25: Confirmation Retreat
Sept. 8-Nov. 10: Sunday Night Confirmation Sessions
Eight total sessions from 6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. in Hancock Hall. Please note that we will skip October 21, due to our Church BBQ.
November 14: Confirmation Banquet
6:30 p.m. in Hancock Hall
November 17: Confirmation Sunday
Worship Services | 9:45 & 11:00 a.m.