This celebration is not one of an ending, rather it is a beginning! The Confirmation experience is designed to help these young people recognize the Holy Spirit at work in their lives and make “firm” their baptismal vows. They also make a commitment to support the church with their prayers, presence, gifts, service and witness.
We extend a special invitation to our 6th graders to participate in making this life-forming commitment to Christ. Students learn to recognize and respond to the Holy Spirit working in their lives, and they are given an opportunity to confirm, or make firm, their personal commitment to our baptismal faith. It is a way of saying “yes” to God.
Our Confirmation class meets during the school year. In Sunday school, we introduce a subject, and during UMYF, we put that subject matter to work – Faith in Action. The program is one of integrity and excitement. There is a Fall lock-in, a two night Winter retreat, and a two night Spring retreat where they combine with the 7th and 8th graders. This is an excellent way to acclimate our 6th graders into the Youth Ministry program. By the end of the process, the Confirmands feel excited about taking the next step in their faith journey. We as a congregation are excited and inspired as well!
Additionally, Confirmands meet with a self-selected mentor to share faith stories and discuss the meaning of being Christian in today’s world. These intergenerational relationships grow into treasured friendships that last a lifetime.
Youth who connect with Providence after the 6th grade and would still like to have a confirmation experience are paired with a mentor and plans are developed to meet the individual’s need.
The church's language about ministry refers to service. To serve another in the name and spirit of Jesus is to be in ministry. All of Gods people are called to be ministers. The pastors of our church are the ones who minister to the ministers or serve the servants. During worship, some pastors wear a piece of fabric called a stole. The stole is a neck piece that symbolizes being a servant. It is similar in shape to the yoke that harnessed cows, oxen, or other beasts of burden to a plow, and its imagery comes from Jesus saying, "Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light." Matthew 11.28-30
Every year, the members of Providence's Confirmation Class decorate their own stoles with words and symbols. The goal of the stoles is to show how they see God in their lives, who has impacted their journey of faith, and how they can minister to the world. The confirmands wear their stoles on Confirmation Sunday to share their journey with the Providence congregation.
Open, print and complete this document as directed: Confirmation Covenant
To view an example of a Mentor Letter click here