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. Confirmation will officially begin on Saturday, January 23, with our Day One Event for our students from 10:00am-11:00am at Athens First UMC. After that, Confirmation will take place every Sunday evening from 5:00pm-6:00pm starting January 24 and will 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 the Day One Event, 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.
Please make sure your students understand and agree to the following guidelines before attending Confirmation!
- All persons must observe social distancing; at least six feet between each person.
- Everyone attending must wear a mask.
- No food at these group gatherings; participants may bring their own personal water bottle if needed.
- Hand sanitizer and First Aid materials will be available.
- Students are not allowed to attend if they tested positive for COVID-19 or have shown any COVID symptoms in the past 14 days.
- Students are not allowed to attend if they have been in contact with or exposed to someone else who has tested positive or is showing symptoms for COVID-19 within the past 14 days.
- Students are not allowed to attend if another person in their household has been in contact with or exposed to someone who has tested positive or is showing symptoms for COVID-19 within the past 14 days.
- Please notify the Youth Directors immediately if student is showing signs or symptoms of sickness or is being tested for COVID-19. STUDENTS ARE NOT ALLOWED AT AN EVENT IF THEY ARE AWAITING TEST RESULTS.
- Please notify the Youth Directors immediately if student may have been exposed to someone who has tested positive or shows symptoms of COVID-19.