The Community Confirmation program is open to all seventh and eighth grade students in the area. An allowance is made if a student has been unable to be confirmed during those years.
Though content is important in the journey of faith, we believe the process of discovery is equally important. Through intentional dialogue and discussion, faith-based questions are explored over a period of several months. Throughout the process, each Confirmand meets with a caring and committed adult mentor. The relationships they develop over the course of the classes are essential to the foundation of the program. The students are encouraged to raise questions and doubts in a safe place, and to struggle and wrestle with issues as they engage their faith and its meaning in their lives. As they study, reflect, and share life together, students will discover what it means to be a person of faith and how their faith can influence how they live in this world and act for the greater good.
While they explore Christian faith and other traditions together, we hope that students will examine their own beliefs and be better able to understand and articulate their individual experiences and views to lead them to a flourishing life.
We believe that service can help students grow closer in their relationship with God and others. Furthermore, one of the hallmarks of a maturing Christian faith is the desire to serve God and others. Therefore, as our students deepen their faith, a natural product should be serving our greater community. Helping those in need is an integral part of faithful Christian living and, therefore, students are asked to complete a minimum of 10 hours of community service. Below is a list of our local partners. Service days and other domestic opportunities, such as a summer trip to the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Reservation organized by our congregation, are also available.
In 2018, the program runs from January 14 through May. Confirmation Sunday will be held at Round Hill Community Church on Pentecost Sunday, June 3, 2018. Each month, the entire class will meet for a combined session on the second Sunday of the month at 11:30 a.m., and the mentors and Confirmand will meet again on the fourth Sunday of each month at the same time.
Attendance at a total of 10 meetings is required as well 10 hours of community service. Confirmands are also asked to submit a written or recorded statement of faith and to complete the a journal and Bloom book of spiritual practices.
Our primary resource is Making Disciples, an interactive and exploratory journal written by William H. Willimon. You can learn more about the journal and author here.
The topics and themes for the classes are God, Jesus, Holy Spirit, Worship, The Bible, Saints and Gifts, Minstry, Baptism, Spriitual Life, and Death and Resurrection.
Supplemental material will be provided in the large group class through a series of fun videos from re:form DVD. These entertaining videos provide a foundation for lifelong faith formation and give students the tools for critical thinking, faithful reflection, and discovery.
In addition, each Confirmand will be given a packet of Bloom Books: Everyday Practices for a Flourishing Faith.
The classes are led by Rev. Dan Haugh. For questions or to register please contact Rev. Haugh.