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Confirmation

 

 

For centuries the Christian Church has set aside a special time to prepare candidates for membership and to assume their rightful place in the work and worship of a congregation.  That process varies from congregation to congregation – but always the intention of the process is to prepare people in the way of life which is uniquely Christian.

 

 

Our practice is to invite young people, who are at least 14 years old, to take part in a program that lasts between 15 and 20 weeks.  The program involves learning about the Bible, Bible study tools and ways to study this wonderful resource.  In addition, the course will explore such things as worship and the sacraments of the church, the history and governance of the church and ways to share God’s love with others.

 

 

Participants are required to write a statement of faith that reflects where they are in their own faith journey and to create a liturgical stole that represents what they have written in that statement.  They will also pass a comprehensive review/test that covers everything the class has explored.

 

 

In addition, participants are required to attend worship each week and to participate in service projects of their choosing.

 

 

Finally, class members will appear before the Session who will converse with them about their experiences in the class, their faith and where they see themselves fitting in to the larger life of the congregation.

 

 

Upon completion of all of these requirements, they will be presented to the congregation as a part of a worship service held on a Sunday morning.  They will be asked to affirm the vows that were made for them at baptism and be welcomed in as full members of the Adult Church.

 

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Confirmation

 

Confirmation is often seen as a rite of passage wherein a young person make the transition from baptized member to full adult communion in the church.

 

Our practice, at FPC, is to invite young people, who are at least 14 years old, to take part in a program that lasts about 15 weeks.  The program involves learning about the Bible, study tools and ways to explore this wonderful resource.  In addition, the course will introduce the candidate to such things as worship and the sacraments of the church, the history and governance of the church and ways to share God’s love with others.

 

Participants are required to write a Statement of Faith that reflects where they are in their own faith journey and to create a liturgical stole that represents what they have written in that statement.  They will also pass a comprehensive review/test that covers everything the class has explored.

 

In addition, participants are required to attend worship each week and to participate in service projects of their choosing.

 

Each participant will be assigned a Mentor, an adult member of the church, who will work with him/her in exploring a variety of issues and working on projects as they are assigned in class.

 

Finally, class members will appear before the Session who will converse with them about their experiences in the class, their faith and where they see themselves fitting in to the larger life of the congregation.

 

Upon completion of all of these requirements, they will be presented to the congregation as a part of a worship service held on a Sunday morning.  They will be asked to affirm the vows that were made for them at baptism and be welcomed in as full members of the Adult Church.

 

Confirmation Classes will begin in September 8th with an exploratory meeting with inquirers and their parents.  The time of this gathering, which will last about 30 minutes, will begin at 3:30 p.m. in the Adult Lounge.  If you are interested and have not received a personal invitation, please consider this your invitation to attend.