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Confirmation

Confirmation at canterbury

We are so excited to welcome you to Confirmation at Canterbury United Methodist!  Confirmation is an ancient rite of passage where the Confirmand explores the tenets of the faith and what it means to be a Christian & a United Methodist. It is also a time where they begin to take ownership of their own faith stories as they prayerfully consider the commitment they will make on Confirmation Sunday to Christ & the United Methodist Church. Confirmation is a wonderful and immersive experience for our 6th grade students that will forever change their lives. We hope you will join us in Confirmation this year! 


Learn More

For more Information, Contact:

Elizabeth Hayes
Director of Confirmation Ministries
elizabeth.hayes@canterburyumc.org

Rev. Sheryl Thornton & Rev. Seth Moon
Confirmation Pastors
sheryl.thornton@canterburyumc.org | 205.874.1529

seth.moon@canterburyumc.org | 205.874.1526
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Registration

 

Confirmation is an exciting and incredibly meaningful commitment that both you and your student will make for their 6th grade year. We believe in the purpose and impact of the Confirmation process. This is why we have a 2/3 participation guideline in order to be confirmed through our process. This 2/3 rule means that by registering for Confirmation you are agreeing to have your student at the Sunday morning meetings 2/3 of the time, as well as being at two of the three retreats. We do make exceptions for blended families as we know much of their schedule is not up to alteration.


Confirmation T-Shirt

Confirmation T-shirts are $20 each. These t-shirts will be worn to retreats and events. If you would like to order more than one t-shirt, please adjust the quantity accordingly.

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Schedule

 

1st Day of Confirmation/ Covenant Service

August 19, 2018

9:15 - 10:15 AM
Room M300

Parent & Confirmand Orientation

August 26, 2018

9:15 - 10:15 AM
Wesley Hall

Ice Cream Social

August 26, 2018

3:30 - 5:00 PM
Wesley Hall

 

First Wednesday Night Class

August 29, 2018

6:00 - 7:00 PM
Room M117

No Confirmation

September 2, 2018

Spark Retreat

September 14-15, 2018
Camp Mac

 

Christmas Party

December 9, 2018

5:00 - 7:00 PM
Wesley Hall

Ignite Retreat

February 15-18, 2019
Epworth by the Sea, St Simon's Island, GA

No Confirmation

February 17, 2019

 

Flame Retreat

April 6-7, 2019
Camp Sumatanga

No Confirmation

April 7, 2019

Contemporary Worship Recognition

April 7, 2019

10:30 AM
Canterbury Center

 

Confirmation Celebration Dinner

May 3, 2019

5:00 - 7:00 PM
Canterbury Hall

Confirmation Service

May 5, 2019

10:30 AM
Traditional Worship in Sanctuary

*Confirmation Meets Every Sunday from August 19 - May 5 unless otherwise noted

*Dates for service projects & interfaith visits to be added later.

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Interfaith Visits

 

The central focus of Confirmation is helping our students strengthen their faith in Jesus Christ, grow in their relationship with God, and prepare to live as faithful members of the United Methodist Church.  As followers of Jesus Christ, we live in a world where respecting the commonalities that exist in the midst of the differences we have with others, even in matters of faith, will help us strengthen our faith in Jesus Christ.  Additionally, how we deal with those differences serves as a witness to those whose experience of faith is different than our own. Ecumenical and interfaith visits are optional for those students and their parents who wish to meet and get to know people of other faith communities.  It has been a valuable opportunity for many families to share together.  Siblings are welcome to participate.

“Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.  But do this with gentleness and respect.”   I Peter 1:15

Roman Catholic

November 4, 2018 | 2:00 PM
Our Lady of Sorrows

The Catholic Church, also known as the Roman Catholic Church, is the largest Christian church, with more than 1.27 billion members worldwide. The Roman Catholic Church traces its history to Jesus Christ and the Apostles. Over the course of centuries it developed a highly sophisticated theology and an elaborate organizational structure headed by the papacy, the oldest continuing absolute monarchy in the world.

Judaism

Date & Time TBD
Location TBD

Judaism is an ancient monotheistic religion, with the Torah as its foundational text (part of the larger text known as the Tanakh or Hebrew Bible), and supplemental oral tradition represented by later texts such as the Midrash and the Talmud. Today over 14 Million people identify themselves as Jewish.

 

 

Islam

Date & Time TBD
Location TBD

Islam is an Abrahamic monotheistic religion articulated by the Quran originated from Arabian Peninsula and found most notably in Greater Middle East & some of its surrounding areas.  Islam is the second-largest religion in the world and one of the fastest-growing religions, with about 2.2 billion Muslims.

 
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Retreats

 

Spark Retreat

September 14-15, 2018
Camp Mac

We are very excited about our first Confirmation retreat! The first retreat is called SPARK because, over the course of the weekend, we will focus on sparking relationships between each other and with God.  Our focus is to invest in these two relationships as we move deeper into the Confirmation experience. We will worship, play games, spend time in God's word, & focus on building a community with this Confirmation group. Registration will open August 26, 2018 and will close on September 8, 2018.

Retreat Cost: $125

"I am so thankful for the opportunity I had to join my daughter on the Spark Retreat. It gave both the kids and leaders an opportunity to get to know each other on a deeper level. Many new friendships were formed during the retreat. I believe this retreat gives each Confirmand the unique opportunity to bond with their Confirmation class. I highly recommend making it a priority for your child to attend this special retreat. My daughter enjoyed every retreat, but she is quick to say that this one was her favorite." - Beth Wood
"This retreat was a great way to start the Confirmation journey. It was very important for the group to get to know each other in a fun & relaxed way. The best part to me was in the time for self-reflection and silent prayer we had outside one morning. I really think the Confirmands had a great time and so did the leaders!" - Stacy White
 

Ignite Retreat

February 15-18, 2019
Epworth by the Sea

The Ignite Retreat is designed to ignite a fire that warms our hearts for our God. On this retreat we will study and experience the life and teachings of John Wesley and the early roots of the Methodist movement. We will do this in first person where John Wesley ministered as we travel to Epworth by the Sea in the beautiful St. Simons, Georgia. This is a very exciting weekend, full of memories and experiences that will shape the students and be a time they will remember for a lifetime. Registration will open November 5, 2018.

*If you have more than 1 child in Confirmation, please complete a registration form for each child.

“The retreat to Epworth is a longstanding tradition at Canterbury for our Confirmands as they make this pilgrimage. It is one of the things that makes our Confirmation program special. I appreciated the opportunity to learn, alongside the students, about our Methodist heritage in a place where John Wesley taught and preached.” – Lee Alice Estes
“This retreat was my favorite memory of the entire year!  It was so much fun getting to know and connect with all the kids and leaders. The last two worship services, organized entirely by the Confirmands, were so special.”   – Kelly Pyron
 

Flame Retreat

April 6-7, 2019
Camp Sumatanga

Our final Confirmation Retreat of the year is called Flame. We have chosen the theme of fire because it is at this retreat where we will kindle the spark that has been ignited in our hearts into a flame that will burn for the rest of our lives. This is by far the most important retreat of the year for our Confirmation students as we dive deep into our Confirmation vows and what it means to take on the call and the life of following Jesus.  While we will do some very serious work on this retreat, we will also have a lot of fun together while playing, laughing, and developing even deeper bonds with each other and God. We will do all of this while at beautiful Camp Sumatanga. We strongly encourage parents to make this an absolute priority in students’ schedules as it is the capstone retreat to their entire Confirmation process. Registration will open March 11, 2019.

"This retreat is a very special one. It brings the 9 months of learning, worshipping, growth in their faith & friendships to a pinnacle. I loved the hike. The kids & adults were able to really talk to the group around them on the way up. The worship service was also very meaningful. To watch the Confirmands and not cry was a challenge! I'm glad I sent my Confirmand and that I got to chaperone!" - Shannon Wadlington
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Events

 

Confirmation Christmas Party

December 9, 2018 | 5 PM - 7 PM
Wesley Hall

Everyone is invited to the Confirmation Christmas party! Please bring a $5 White Elephant gift (it can be funny gift or a regular gift). We will have dinner, play games, do a service project, and play White Elephant. You do not want to miss this awesome night! 

We encourage everyone to wear a festive Christmas outfit! Bonus points for creativity - a tacky Christmas sweater, fun socks, or recreate the nativity scene with some friends!

Confirmation Celebration Dinner

May 3, 2019 | 6 PM
Canterbury Hall

Confirmands and their families are invited to the Confirmation Celebration dinner as a way of capping the year off and celebrating the students as a church body. We will have a dinner, music, pictures, and a special time for you to celebrate and honor your Confirmand. The whole family is invited to this very important night as we get ready for Confirmation Sunday on May 5th.

The cost is $10 per person which includes the dinner and program for the night. Registration will open
April 1, 2019.

Confirmation Sunday

May 5, 2019 | 10:30 AM
Traditional Service in Sanctuary

The culmination of the whole year happens on Confirmation Sunday. It is in this service that we honor the Confirmand and confirm them as fully confessing members of Canterbury and the United Methodist Church. It is a very special Sunday that students and their families will remember for the rest of their lives. Please remember that unless otherwise agreed upon, in order for the student to be Confirmed, they will have to have met the 2/3 requirement for Confirmation.

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