Canterbury UMC
Friday, April 25, 2014




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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
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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.

2013-14 Leadership Team

Sr. Minister:   Dr. William B. Morgan, Jr. (Bill),,  874-1527   

Dir. of Children's Ministries:  Susan Wilborn,,   874-1539

Confirmation Coordinators: Rodney Cox  and  Mike Thomas

Music & Worship:  Linn Lower

Group A:  Laura & David Cox; Sharon Smyer; Zac Riddle

Group B:   Amelia & Brad Spencer; Maria & Kevin Alexander; Greg Osborne

Group C:  Lisa & Mike Bowling; Heather & Tony Gonzalez

Group D:  Susan & Mike Yarbro; Allie & Graham Black


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 ConfirmationREGISTER 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.

Confirmation Schedule 2014

Updates will be added as necessary


Sunday, Aug. 25,                                       Parent/Student Orientation                Canterbury Hall, 9:15 a.m.                              and Covenant

Sunday, Sept. 1                                         No Sunday School
Sept. 27-28                                                 Fall Confirmation Retreat
                                                                                Alabama 4-H Ctr.
Oct. 5                                                        East Lake Farmer's Market   TBA
Oct. 12                                                              Christ Tomlin Concert    BJCC    TBA
Oct. 27                                                                Church of the Reconciler
Nov. 10                                                                BHN Set-Up             1:00 p.m.    Palor
Nov. 6 - 24                                                          Thanksgiving Food Drive
Nov. 17                                                                BHN Take-Down       7:30        Scout Bldg.
Nov. 24                                                            Thanksgiving Food Delivery     Noon - 2:30p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 15                                        Caroling & Christmas Party
Dining Room; 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.            Reservation
Sunday, Dec. 30                                        No Sunday School
Parlor, TBA                                                  Set up for BHN - Reservation
Sunday, Jan. 6                                           Break down BHN - Reservation
Wed. & Thurs. Feb. 15 & 16                      Stop Hunger Now – Church wide
Fri. – Mon. Feb. 14 – 17                            Epworth Retreat – Reservation
Sunday, March 16                                      Church Visit       10:00 a.m.   TBA
April 5-6                                                     Spring Retreat      Alabama 4-H Center
Wednesday, April 16                                Children’s Holy Week Service
                                                                           Chapel, 6:15 p.m.
Saturday,April 19                                     Easter Egg Hunt  10:00 a.m.
Fri., May 2                                                 Confirmation Dinner (Reservation)
Canterbury Hall, 6:00 p.m.                            Confirmands, Families, Leaders
Sun., May 4                                                 CONFIRMATION SERVICE!!!
Sanctuary, 10:30 a.m.
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