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1 Harrison United Methodist Church Confirmation Class Registration Packet What is Confirmation? Confirmation is the continuation of one s faith journey (a journey begun at baptism), continued through children s Sunday School and the beginning of one s covenant relationship with the church. Confirmation is more than just a series of classes. Confirmands must be fully engaged in the life of the church through worship, service, small groups, and involvement in other ministries. Confirmands should emerge from their confirmation experience prepared for a life of Christian discipleship. How much does confirmation cost? No cost for the class. What is my commitment? 18 weeks from 11:00AM-12:00PM (January 10 through May 15) Mandatory Parent / Teacher meeting on Sunday, January 10 th at 11:00AM. Students are only allowed to miss two out of the sixteen classes. Who can attend Confirmation? Confirmation is for all people, including adults, beginning with youth who are in the eighth grade. Confirmation is not a once-in-a-lifetime experience but can be experienced throughout life transitions to enhance spiritual discovery, spiritual formation, and re-affirmations. Who teaches Confirmation? Our pastors, Director of Youth Ministry, and key leaders from the congregation. What curriculum do we use? Re:form Traditions by Sparkhouse teaches the history, beliefs and practices that help youth discover how their faith tradition came to be. Confirmation is not the beginning of the end of the faith journey. Confirmation is about making disciples. It is that simple and that challenging. Please fill out the attached registration form. Registration form is due by January 10 th. Thank you!

2 2016 Confirmation Registration Form Name of Confirmand: Date of Birth of Confirmand: Has Confirmand been previously baptized? If yes, please provide date: of Confirmand: Address of Confirmand: Preferred Phone number of Confirmand: Name(s) of Parents/Grandparents/Guardian: of Parent/Grandparent/Guardian: Address of the above: Preferred Phone number of the above: I (Confirmand/parent/grandparent/guardian) understand that 90% (14 of the 16) of classes must be attended by Confirmand to be Confirmed on May 15, Pentecost Sunday. Circle Yes or No Parent/Guardian or adult Confirmand signature & date:

3 Confirmand Covenant I, vow to prepare myself for confirmation as a United Methodist Christian and a professing member of Harrison United Methodist Church by: attending 90% of the scheduled confirmation classes. I will make attendance at confirmation classes a priority. If I am unable to attend because of an emergency, I will work with my confirmation leaders and parents to review anything I missed. attending worship at least three Sundays per month. When possible I will worship with the congregation where I am being confirmed. But if I am staying with a friend or family member who attends another congregation, I may worship with that congregation. being active in a Christian education group or class. Throughout the duration of the confirmation program I will be active in my Sunday school class or a Bible study group and/or will attend youth fellowship opportunities. serving others and serving the church in a spirit of Christ s love. As a part of the confirmation program, I will complete 10 hours of service. These service hours will be completed through the ministries of the church and may include traditional service projects, leading worship as a greeter, usher or communion server, volunteering to help with church fundraisers or community activities, or assisting with children s ministries. I may also complete service hours through other organizations (such as a scouting group or another church in the community) with the permission of the confirmation leaders. praying daily for my fellow confirmands, for my congregation, for my family, for my school and community, for my confirmation journey, and for all of the people and situations in the world in need of healing. After being baptized and completing the confirmation program I will have the opportunity to stand before the congregation and take the vows of confirmation as found in Baptismal Covenant I in The United Methodist Hymnal. I understand that I may choose to be confirmed or to not be confirmed and that this decision belongs to me. Signed Date

4 Confirmation 2016 January Expectations & Jesus 10 Parent Meeting & Orientation 17 Holiday Weekend 24 Was Jesus God? 31 - Did Jesus Know He Was God? February Jesus 7 If Jesus was God why did He have to die? 14 Why did Jesus get baptized? 21 Why should I follow Jesus? 28 How can God be three-in-one? March Methodist History & Discipleship 6 How did the Methodist Church start? 13 Prevenient Grace 20 Palm Sunday / Understanding Perfection 27 Easter / No Class April - Discipleship 3 Methodists on a Mission 10 Can someone lose their salvation? 17 Can I be a Christian without going to church? 24 Why should I pray the Lord s prayer, if I m just going through the motions? May - Creed 1 Is the Holy Spirit a person or wind or fire or what? 8 Why do we say we believe in the catholic church if we re not catholic? / Rehearsal in the afternoon 15 Pentecost / Confirmation Sunday

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