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Senior High Confirmation 2023-2024

Updated: May 24

Join us for Confirmation

Each year brings something new and different – new opportunities, new challenges. We are sure you’ll be living into that as you begin a new year in high school. This letter is to let you know about an upcoming opportunity for you here at First Church – the choice to take part in the Confirmation process. We understand that this is an important conversation and decision for each family.


Our Confirmation program aims to help young people explore and articulate their faith as they prepare to affirm their baptism and become adult members of First Church. Together, we will be using a combination of service projects, mentoring relationships, activities, worship leadership and structured class time to explore our own personal faith. We’ll also talk about the church, our denomination (United Church of Christ) and the world in which we live, as we ponder the big questions of – Who am I, what is important to me, what do I believe, and where do I belong?


We cordially invite you to take part in this year’s Confirmation program and would like to share more information at an opening meeting for prospective confirmands and their parents on Wednesday, September 20, at 7:00 p.m in the Micah Chapel. Confirmation classes will begin on Sunday, September 24. This is an important decision for each young person, and we ask that if you enroll in Confirmation, that you take that commitment seriously and make attendance a priority.


When are classes?

Our Confirmation classes will be held roughly twice a month. We meet on Sundays from

11:15 a.m.-1:00 p.m.


When we gather in person for classes, we will end our time together eating lunch, and we will ask each family to help us to provide meals for the group.


Fellowship outside of Confirmation

In addition to Confirmation, First Church offers a program for high school students called Senior High Fellowship. In SHF, students learn, play and serve together. Even if you’ve tried out Junior High Fellowship while in middle school, SHF is different, and we encourage you to join! Senior High Fellowship meets Sunday evenings during the school year from 6:00-8:00 p.m.

(Parenthetically, one of the confirmation “requirements” is to attend at least 8 meetings of Senior High Fellowship this fall – to be a Christian means to be in “community” with other Christians.)


On your Confirmation Calendar, you’ll also see several of our key youth events listed – such as our SHF Retreats and our Youth Mission Trip. While these are not required to be confirmed, we believe these offerings powerfully add to our Confirmation program, and we strongly encourage our confirmands to attend.


We look forward to this journey we will be on together and we thank the parents and mentors (we’ll say more about mentors on September 20) in advance for their participation and support.


To the prospective confirmands, thank you for your willingness and we’re excited to explore together!


Deadlines + Dates

In hopes of accurately predicting our fall enrollment, we ask that you please talk about this opportunity and then let Andrew Wicks know of your Confirmation intention by Wednesday, September 6.


Master youth calendar for 2023-2024 school year

Confirmation Resources


Confirmation Family Handbook 2022-2023
.pdf
Download PDF • 474KB

Confirmation Worship Reflection Sheet
.pdf
Download PDF • 50KB

Confirmation Mission Reflection Sheet
.pdf
Download PDF • 46KB

You can also fill out the reflection sheets online using the links below:



Please be in touch at any time with any questions.

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