Confirmation is an extension of a student's baptism. This year-long discipleship program provides the foundation for life-long faith and provides meaningful experiences for students to learn about Jesus, the United Methodist Church, other denominations and religions, and what it looks like to have a relationship with God. REGISTER HERE for the 2019-2020 Confirmation Program.
To foster an understanding of Methodist practices and beliefs, the role of the Church, the role of Christ in our lives, what it looks like to be an active member of a church community, different religions, and different Christian denominations. Furthermore, we seek to build a foundation of faith based on scripture and personal experiences that will last a lifetime.
WHO: Youth entering 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th grades in the fall of 2019 ALL high school students are welcome. Students currently in 9th grade or higher may register for Confirmation.
CLASS: Sundays, Uptown Fellowship Hall First class: Sunday, September 8, 2019. Classes are Sundays from 4:00-5:15pm in the Uptown Fellowship Hall. Additional outings and activities may be held off site. Service hours and church involvement expectations may be counted from activities taking place June 2019-April 2020.
We believe that Confirmation is one part of the journey to a lifelong relationship with God. We expect all students who choose to be confirmed to participate in activities and events that are designed to further their faith development. We are moving away from a “checklist” model and instead we emphasize practices over tasks.
• Attend and actively participate in Confirmation Class on Sundays, 4-5:15pm If a student must be absent, please email us so we can excuse the student and make alternative arrangements.
• Attend Ignite, the senior high youth group, on Wednesday nights from 7:30-8:30pm (meal is 6:45-7:15) We understand youth group attendance every single week may not be possible. We understand that there may be nights the youth is not able to attend.
• Attend worship at any of our three sites Again, we understand some students and families may be unable to attend worship on some Sundays, but it is helpful to be able to discuss the sermon should we do so in class. (Please note that services are also live streamed on our website, ankenyfirst.org.)
• Complete one family assignment Small group or church participation.
• Participate in a church ministry area or program for the duration of the year—may
participate in as many different activities as desired. Many groups and ministries do not meet or serve every single week, so, for example, we would not expect a student to be an usher every single Sunday. We simply expect the student to accept invitations to serve on their ministry team on a somewhat regular basis Examples: music groups, fitness class sessions, Sunday school assistant, any other small group, Sunday morning greeter, Sunday morning usher, acolyte at Uptown 8:30 or 11, worship team for contemporary or convergence services, etc.
• 25 hours of volunteer community service or mission work at a minimum of 3 locations or programs (this breaks down to about 30 minutes per week or 2 hours per month). At least 8 of these hours must be served with the same program or location
Sunnyview Care Center, Bidwell Riverside, spring Easter egg hunt, Guides for Spark middle school youth group, Trinity UMC programs, children’s activities Wednesdays before youth group, etc. Note: youth who volunteer at VBS or Show Choir Camp will receive credit for 15 hours.
• Participate in one multi-day experience We highly recommend Discovery Weekend (November) and/or the Spring Break Mission Trip (March). However, should neither experience work for your student, please contact the youth office to determine an appropriate alternative experience.