Confirmation


So you're going to be a Canterbury

Confirmand...

                                                                                                     
We must have a "Confirmation Registration Form" on file for every confirmand (6th grader), signed by youth and parents.  This form is especially important for participation in off-campus events. Special forms/information will be mailed to you prior to retreats. Regular Sunday Morning Schedule: ( all regular activities in Scout Building)
                   
9:10 a.m................................Gathering   (we will start on time)                  
9:30 a.m................................Dismissal to Small Groups ( A,B,C,D)
9:35 - 10:05 a.m...................Small Group Lessons
10:05 - 10:15 a.m.................Small Group Closing
 
Curriculum:  Credo, Confirmation Resources, published by Cokesbury

On the Web:  Canterburyumc.org/children/confirmation

Parental Support:  Parents will be given the Credo Confirmation guide for Parents, Mentor, and Adult leaders.  Along with making Confirmation a priority in the family schedule, parents are encouraged to read along in the corresponding sessions in Chapter Three, so that they can have meaningful discussions with their confirmands about the material being covered each week in class.  This will be particularly helpful if the confirmand has to be absent.

Minimal Participation Guidelines:  Although there is no "minimum" level of attendance or participation that a person must meet in order to be included in the actual Confirmation Service, we know that those young people who are consistently committed and involved receive the maximum benefits of the Confirmation experience.  The Credo curriculum encourages minimal participation standards. For these reasons, we are recommending the following:

That all Canterbury confirmands to the best of their ability.....
• Attend at least 18 Sunday morning sessions.
• Participate in at least 25 worship opportunities ( Canterbury or elsewhere)
• Participate in at least 2 class Outreach events.
• Participate in at least 1 retreat.
 





Parental Role In Confirmation

 

Theological Statement

 
Confirmation is a renewal of the covenant of salvation declared at our baptism. In this renewal we acknowledge what God is doing for us and in us, and we affirm our commitment to Christ's holy church Confirmation is not the penultimate Christian experience, but it may be the beginning of our faith journey.
 

What is your child doing in Confirmation?


Through a series of weekly meetings (Sunday morning) and outside worship, fellowship, retreat, and service opportunities your child, along with his/her peers and loving, trained leaders will have an opportunity to explore and ultimately choose and claim for themselves the salvation that God has offered them in their baptism.
 

What is the role of parents in Confirmation?

Parents are an essential part of Confirmation. If your children were baptized as infants, you promised to surround them with steadfast love until they were "established in the faith and confirmed and strengthened in the Way that lead to Life Eternal."  In fulfillment of this promise, you are now providing the opportunity for them to participate fully in the Confirmation experience and to encourage them tn the following ways:
1. Encourage your child's faith. Talk about faith ... your faith and the role that faith plays in your family.

2. Help your child discover life in the church (the Body of Christ). Give them an opportunity to participate in the many aspects of corporate Christian life...Worship, fellowship, Sunday School, weddings, funerals, outreach events.

3. Help you child understand confirmation as an initial step in a life-long journey.

4. Show by example the importance of the vows made at confirmation or when joining the church.  To be faithful in Prayers, Presence, Gifts, Service, Witness.

5. Facilitate your child's participation in the events of Confirmation.  REGISTER FOR EVENTS IN A TIMELY FASHION!!!  Have them at events on time and pick up from events no more than 5 min. later than the ending time.

6. Encourage your child to do private devotions  -  Bible Study and Prayer.

7. Volunteer to help with food, transportation, prayer, or as a leader/chaperone.

8. Stress the importance of cooperation with adult leadership.

9. pray regularly for your child, others in the group, and the leaders.

10. MAKE CONFIRMATION A FAMILY PRIORITY THIS YEAR.



Confirmation Schedule 2015

Updates will be added as necessary
 
Sunday

Canterbury Confirmation 2015 Schedule

 

Aug. 3                         Leaders’ Training,                              8:00 -10:00 a.m.                     Scout Bldg

Aug. 10                       Parent/Confirmand Orientation         9:15 -10:15 a.m.                     Canterbury Hall

Aug. 17                       Kick-Off/Promotion Sunday              9:15 -10:15 a.m.                     Scout Bldg

                                                            Ice Cream Social – 6th grade              5:00 – 6:30 p.m.                     John Wesley Room

August 24                                                                                 Confirmation Covenant Service                                                                                                            9:15 - 10:15 a.m.                                                                                                      Chapel

Aug. 31                       No Sunday School – Labor Day

 

Sept. 21, 28                 *Family Promise set-up/take-down1:00 p.m./7:30 a.m.                   Scout Bldg.

 

Sept. 26-27                 Confirmation Fall Retreat                  4:00 p.m.                                 Ala. 4-H Ctr.

 

Oct. 12                                    Church wide Day of Service              TBD

 Nov. 23                       Thanksgiving Food Delivery             11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.            Oak Mtn. Ministry

 Dec. 3                          Santa’s Workshop                              6:00 -7:00 p.m.                       Canterbury Hall                                             

Dec. 14                        Caroling & Christmas Party              4:00 -8:00 p.m.                       Dining Room 

 Jan. 4, 11                     *Family Promise set-up/take down   1:00 p.m./7:30 a.m.                Scout Bldg.      

Jan. 22-24                   Created by God – Human Sexuality Seminar                                                Wesley Hall

Jan. 25                         Ecumenical Sunday Church Visit      TBD

Feb. 13-16                   Discover the Light Retreat                                                                 St. Simon’s Island

Feb. 8                          Confirmands to New Trad. Service  8:15 a.m.                                 Chapel

Feb. 18                        Ash Wednesday Service                     6:00 p.m.                                 Sanctuary

March 22                    Church of the Reconciler                   TBD           

March 30-April 4       Holy Week & Spring Break 

April 18 -19                Confirmation Spring Retreat                         8:30 a.m.                                 Camp Sumatanga 

April 19, 26                Confirmation Class visit Contemporary Worship, 10:30 a.m.            Canterbury Ctr.

                                    *Family Promise set-up/take-down   1:00 p.m./7:30 a.m.                Scout Bldg.

May 1                          Confirmation Dinner                          6:00 p.m.                                 Canterbury Hall

May 3                          Confirmation Service                         10:30 a.m.                               Sanctuary

*Formerly BHN Hospitality Network

If you would like a printed copy of this information, be sure to ask your leader for one.
If you missed the link above to download a registration form, click here!