What do I believe? Who is God? How can I make a difference in the world? If I could only eat one thing for the rest of my life, would I rather eat pizza or ice cream? If you are an eighth grade student who would like to figure out answers to any of these questions, Confirmation is for you.
Confirmation is a year-long opportunity to spend time with other students and adults who care about you, to discuss the Christian faith, and to get more involved in The Brick Church. At the end of the year, you may choose to join The Brick Church as an active member. Many students have said that Confirmation Class was one of the most important milestones in their spiritual journey.
If you are interested in participating in the 2019-2020 Confirmation Class, please complete the form below. If you have questions or comments, please feel free to contact Adam Gorman.
Mandatory Parents Meeting: Tuesday, Sept. 24, at 6:30 p.m.
Confirmation Class is held in the Carnegie Room from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m.
Sept. 29 Jan. 12*, 26
Oct. 6*, 20, 27 Feb. 2, 9*, 23
Nov. 10*, 17, 24 March 1, 8*
April 5, 19
Optional Mission Morning on Saturday, Oct. 4, from 9 a.m. to noon
This was requested by a majority of students and parents of the last several year’s classes. They believe it will be extremely important for bonding purposes and excitement of the class.
Other required Confirmation events include:
Saturday, March 7, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Mission Outreach Day of Discipleship
Wednesday, April 15, 6 to 7:30 p.m.: Class presented to Session of The Brick Church
Saturday, April 25, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.: Youth Sunday Rehearsal
Sunday, April 26, 10 a.m. chapel: 11:00 a.m. Youth Sunday – You lead in Worship!
Sunday, May 3, 10 a.m. chapel: 11 a.m.: Confirmation Sunday; 12:30 p.m. Reception
Confirmation class is a commitment. Confirmation students will be required to do the following:
- Attend scheduled Confirmation classes on Sundays in the Carnegie Room from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m. If you miss a class, you must complete make-up work. At most, you are only allowed to miss three classes. We understand that sometimes you may need to leave a class early or come to one late because of conflicts with sports but we ask that you please keep this to a minimum.
- Attend 11 a.m. Sunday worship services at The Brick Church whenever we have Confirmation class or on Take-Out days attend Take-Out Service. TakeOut is marked with an asterisk above.
- Participate in worship leadership once over the course of the class either on Sunday morning or at a Take-Out service.
- Complete weekly Confirmation readings and reflections. These consist of short Bible readings and questions for your student to consider.
- Participate in the special events that are part of Confirmation.
- Participate in at least two Wednesday Night Dinner Program sessions.
- Write and turn in a statement on faith and membership in the spring. Guidelines will be provided to help you with this assignment.
Breakfast: To show your support for the Confirmation class we are asking parents to bring breakfast once. Jeff Shayne will email all parents further information about breakfast. Breakfast can be anything from bagels to pastries and drinks like orange juice or apple juice. Plates and cups will be provided.
READ WHAT OTHER KIDS SAID ABOUT CONFIRMATION:
“I thought that it was really fun to get to know some new people and learn some things about the church and God that I didn’t know before. I liked that the class had a very relaxed feel to it, instead of being very strict and formal.”
“The best thing about Confirmation class was getting to know my fellow students better. When starting confirmation class, I did not know my fellow confirmands very well. Over the course of this year, however, I have learned many new things about my peers and made new friends.”
“Though there were many great things about Confirmation class, the most memorable would be the answers I received to my questions. Without those answers I would most likely still be questioning the Christian faith.”
“The best thing about Confirmation was finding out what our religion was all about and finding out for myself what about religion or God is it that makes me follow it and want to be a part of it. I found myself and realized that what I believe regarding God, and that religion doesn’t have to be the same as what my parents or friends or siblings believe in.”
“The best thing about the Confirmation process has been the opportunity to focus my attention on my own spiritual development, which would not have happened without the confirmation classes. The classes have been time set aside from other activities, where we have discussed the Bible and the church and the presence of God in all of our lives. Also, I have really enjoyed getting to know the other people in the Confirmation classes. We have been through this process together, and this shared experience has been meaningful.”
“My favorite thing in the Confirmation process was participating in the soup kitchen. It was a good time to bond with my classmates and the people whom we served.”
WHAT WILL CONFIRMATION CLASS BE LIKE?
Each class begins with an informal lunch and introductory questions or a warm-up activity (in the past, we built a Styrofoam church, made clay creatures, threw a ball of string all over the room, and listened to music together, among other activities.) Then a pastor or an elder leads a discussion about an important idea of the Christian faith. We also meet in small groups, so you build connections with your friends and the adult volunteers as you learn the material. The adult volunteers are called Confirmation Sponsors, and they are with us in class each week, helping with small group times and listening to you.