Confirmation 2016

Downloadable Documents:
Confirmation Calendar 2016
Confirmation Registration Form 2016
Confirmation Parent Handout 2016

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 this year:

  1. To have each Confirmand rejoice in God’s freedom and power and confess Jesus Christ as their Savior.
  2. 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.
  3. 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 26-28, 2016, with a retreat to Camp Glisson in Dahlonega, GA. The retreat features fellowship, worship, reflection, presentation of Bibles, Bible study and application, and team-building activities.

Our Confirmation Sessions Begin After the Retreat.
On Sunday, September 11, 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.

Wesleyan Youth Choir concludes at 5:45 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 into another space for the evening sessions.

Who Is In Charge of Confirmation?
The Confirmation 2016 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.

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. It is intended that participants be involved in the whole range of activities. If an absence must take place, you can contact Josh to find a time for your child to review the lesson that they missed.

Costs and Registration
The cost of confirmation is $200. 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..

Registration and $200 balance are due by August 8, 2016.

You can register by filling out the registration form and turning it in (along with your $200 balance) to Kayla Calloway. You can also register online and pay your balance using a credit card!

Register online

Make a payment

Download form


Confirmation Calendar
Confirmands are welcome to all youth group activities before the first Confirmation session on September 11; starting August 7 with Promotion Sunday. This includes First Word (August 7), Encounter (starting August 14), and Engage (starting August 17).

August 7: Promotion Sunday

August 8: Confirmation Registration/Fee due NO LATER than this date
Registration and $200 Confirmation fee can be turned in to Josh Miles or Kayla Calloway

August 26-28: Confirmation Retreat
Camp Glisson

Sept. 11-Nov. 6: Sunday Night Confirmation Sessions
Nine total sessions from 6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.

November 10: Confirmation Banquet
6:30 p.m. I Confirmation Banquet & Picture

November 13: Confirmation Sunday   
9:45 & 11:00 a.m. | Confirmation Sunday