October 15, 2018

8TH & 9TH GRADE CONFIRMATION 
2018-2019 PROGRAM DECISION DEADLINE: Today - MONDAY, OCTOBER 15

We are excited to offer the process of confirmation for 8th and 9th grade youth this year!  I have included the program information to help you and your youth decide if they will participate.  Please talk with your youth about Confirmation and let me know by today - Monday, October 15th, if he or she plans to participate so that I can purchase the right amount of materials.  The decision to go through the Confirmation program can be the parent’s, while the decision to be or not to be Confirmed must be the youth’s.

The GOAL of confirmation is... 
for young people to have a language of faith and be able to articulate and claim their beliefs, even to the extent that they have questions about particular doctrine.

CONFIRMATION IS NOT:

  • A completion of baptism.

  • A graduation out of the church.

  • An indoctrination into Christianity and/or the PC(USA).

  • About knowing the right information.

CONFIRMATION IS:

  • Asking questions & grappling with ideas.

  • Engaging in what it means to have faith in something beyond ourselves.

  • An act of covenant renewal.

  • Often the first public participation in the liturgical life of the church of their own volition.

  • Exploration, Self-Discovery, & Self-Reflection.

  • A time to engage in their developmental stage of "differentiation" - in this case, developing their own faith identity.

  • An opportunity to explore and think about their faith in new ways. 

THE PROGRAM:
6 CONFIRMATION CLASSES: Mondays, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.

  • November 5

  • December 3

  • January 14

  • February 4

  • March 11

  • April 8

These classes will emphasize the foundations of the Christian faith, the Presbyterian Church USA's tradition in the Bible, theology and prayer, while offering young people the opportunity to voice their questions, thoughts and own insights into faith formation. Andrew and Scott will each take a turn leading a class session. Families will take turns bringing dinner for the confirmation class.

FAITH ADVOCATES:
November: Each confirmand will choose an adult advocate in our Wasatch Presbyterian community to come alongside them on their journey of faith.  Parents may help their youth choose an advocate or Dawn is happy to match them with a person she thinks would be a good fit. The confirmand & advocate will meet one on one, two times during the school year to have casual conversations about faith and life. The ideal is for this relationship to continue, intentionally meeting once a year until the youth graduates high school and also being part of the celebration dinner each spring.

STATEMENT OF FAITH:
Spring: Each Confirmand will write their own faith statement, sharing their personal thoughts and beliefs on God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit, the church and other aspects of their faith identity.  As they develop their faith statement, they will decide whether being Confirmed is right for them.

SESSION MEETING:
Wednesday, April 24th @ 7:00 p.m.: Confirmands will join April's session meeting to share their statements of faith, talk with the Session members and be received for Confirmation.

CELEBRATION DINNER:
Wednesday, May 15th @ 6:00 p.m.: The Confirmands, their Advocates and Dawn will go out to dinner to celebrate their journey through confirmation.  We honor all Confirmands, wherever they are in their journey of faith, and whatever their decision on Confirmation.

SERVICE OF CONFIRMATION:
Sunday, May 19th @ 10:00 a.m.: Confirmands and their Advocates will participate in the service of Confirmation during the Celebration Sunday service.  Confirmands, who desire to, will be confirmed and those who have not been baptized, will also be baptized. They will each receive a token to remember their Confirmation.

CAKE RECEPTION & FAMILIES' LUNCH:
Sunday, May 19th @ 11:00 a.m.: After the church service, the congregation will celebrate the Confirmands with a cake reception in their honor. Directly following this, our Confirmands and their families (and any family guests), will be invited to the Loft for a Potluck lunch where the Confirmands will share their Statements of Faith with their families.

Have a great week!

Dawn