Process of Confirmation
Welcome to Confirmation! We are thankful to God that you have decided to confirm your faith. The process of Confirmation is one filled with support and prayerful guidance given from our staff and church family. You may be asking what does it mean to be confirmed? The word confirm means “to make stronger.” Therefore, when you are confirmed, you are: 1) Strengthening your baptismal vows, 2) Strengthening your relationship with God, and 3) Strengthening your membership in the church.
This process of Confirmation involves 13 weeks of classes, guest speakers, activities, retreats, worship experiences, and community service opportunities. We believe that parents should be very involved in the Confirmation process with their child. We will also offer a family-oriented confirmand parent class that will help foster relationships between the Confirmands and their parents.
We value the time that is put into the Confirmation process, and we ask that students attend all classes, as well as worship and community opportunities. If there are special circumstances where a student must be absent, please let us know. If more than three sessions are missed, the confirmand and parents will need to meet with the pastors for further discernment about the process. We encourage you and your family to discuss the commitments to Confirmation for the following year and to review the dates for your own availability.
There will be many questions throughout this process, and our pastoral staff will be available to assist you. Please note that here at Spanish Fort UMC, Confirmation begins in 6th grade and goes up to any age. We would also like you to know that parents do not have to be members in order for their child to be confirmed; however, if you do wish to join the church, our pastors are happy to speak and pray with you.
Again, welcome to Confirmation! Let’s be prayerful for all of our confirmands, everywhere, on this journey of faith.