Confirmation 2017

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:

  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 25-27, 2017, 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 10, 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 2017 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. If an absence must take place, please 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.

IMPORTANT: Registration and $200 balance are due by August 9, 2017. Please help us in sticking to this deadline so that we can be best prepared for each and every participant.

You can register by filling out the registration form and turning it in (along with the $200 balance) to Kayla Thomason. You can also register online and pay your balance using a credit card or you can pay by check before August 9!

After registration above: If you did not pay the full amount in registration, please use the link below to make any additional payments needed.

Make a payment

Confirmation Calendar
Confirmands are welcome to all youth group activities before the first Confirmation session on September 11; starting August 6 with Promotion Sunday. This includes First Word (August 6), Encounter (starting August 13), and Engage (starting August 16).

August 6: Promotion Sunday

August 9: Confirmation Registration/Fee due NO LATER than this date.
Registration and $200 Confirmation fee can be done online or turned in to Josh Miles or Kayla Thomason

August 25-27: Confirmation Retreat
Camp Glisson

Sept. 10-Nov. 5: 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 22, due to our Harvest Retreat weekend.

November 9: Confirmation Banquet
6:30 p.m. in Hancock Hall

November 12: Confirmation Sunday   
Worship Services | 9:45 & 11:00 a.m.

Downloadable Documents:
Confirmation Calendar 2017
Confirmation Registration Form 2017
Confirmation Parent Handout 2017