CONFIRMATION AT ARDMORE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH

2017-2018 CONFIRMATION INFORMATION

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At the baptism of our children, we declare that they belong to God. The church also promises to raise them in faith. In time, we pray that they themselves would affirm the covenant made at their baptism. For our congregation, confirmation is an important step in that process.

The confirmation process is a full one, requiring commitment on the part of every young person and family. However, we do not want it to become overly burdensome. As a result, we would suggest for your family to incorporate the requirements within your regular patterns of worship and life.

However, confirmation is not the end but another beginning.  It is tragic when a youth who takes the time and effort to learn about the faith disappears shortly after affirming his or her faith before the congregation.  Our prayer is that each youth will continue praying, reading scripture, worshipping, serving, and asking questions long after the classes are over.

The confirmation process is a full one, requiring commitment on the part of every young person and family. However, we do not want it to become overly burdensome. As a result, we would suggest for your family to incorporate the requirements within your regular patterns of worship and life.

WORSHIP

Lord’s Day Worship Attendance. We will be expecting all the confirmands to attend Sunday worship during the time of the classes. They will also be filling out a reflection sheet during worship to be discussed during the next Confirmation Class.

Lord’s Day Worship Road Trips.  In 2018, there will some opportunities to worship in different settings.  We might explore different Christian faith traditions and worship styles.  These will be announced in advance.

Worship Leadership. The confirmands will be invited to provide leadership for the Youth Easter Worship which takes place at 8:30 AM on Easter Morning (April 1, 2018).  Leadership might include leading prayers, providing music, drama or planning the worship.

Brief Statement of Faith. This statement is one of the confessions of the Presbyterian Church USA. It is short, around 630 words long. As a devotional time, the confirmands will be reading it at home once a week for the course of the class.

Private Prayer. We expect that the confirmands will take time for prayer at least five times a week. Starting in 2018, weekly emails will be provided with topics and model prayers.

Family Prayer. We are asking families to share a prayer before shared meals during the course of the class.

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Sunday Morning Classes. Classes are at 9 am on Sunday mornings beginning January 7, 2018. Attendance is required unless there is an illness. If necessary, we will reschedule any classes that are missed.

Memory Work. Committing Scriptures and other resources to memory is a way to internalize the wonderful promises of God. The list is not long, and the items should be familiar to those who have attended church regularly.

Cloud of Witnesses. The confirmands will be sharing with their fellow students a brief biography of a disciple of Jesus Christ. What can we learn from those who went before us?

Gospel of Luke. All the confirmands will be reading the Gospel of Luke at home chapter by chapter. After reading each chapter, the confirmand will write down a sentence, a question or some key points in a journal.

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Class Mission Projects. This year will be helping with service projects inside and outside the APC community. We will be using the experience of the group as we discuss the role of service in the life of a believer. If someone is unable to attend, we will be happy to discuss other possible projects.

I-Serve. Each confirmand will be working on an individual project with the committees and/or the leadership of APC.

STEWARDSHIP

confirmation 4Sponsors. Each confirmand will receive a sponsor who will be supporting him or her throughout the process. The sponsor will welcome the confirmands in worship and be praying for them.

Retreat and Faith Impact Statement. We are asking the confirmands to write a brief statement about how their faith speaks to an important area of their lives. This statement will be finalized at a weekend retreat. An alternative to the assignment such as the creation of a piece of art, a PowerPoint Presentation or even a performance can be discussed.

Examination by the Elders. At the end of the process, the elders will examine the confirmands. Questions will be asked about their work and their faith. Our desire is that the confirmands will also examine the elders. Dialogue is always an opportunity to learn.