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CONFIRMATION

Confirmation begins a journey of discipleship for a teenager. It is a time to affirm (and re-affirm) ones faith and baptismal vows. Confirmation is not a means to an end, rather it is a tool used in furthering one’s walk with Christ, and one’s commitment to their church community.

At Wayne Street UMC, our Confirmation classes are for anyone in 8th grade or higher. Classes are Sunday mornings, from 9:40-10:30, in the Youth Area. We begin in January and end in May.

In our Confirmation ministry, we have the following expectations for our students: participate in two service projects throughout the year, attend the Confirmation retreat, stay active in youth group and church, and meet regularly with a mentor.

Service Projects

While our relationship with Jesus is personal, it is also active and public. We are known by the love we share with one another and by the fruit we bear. In this regard, acts of service are an important aspect of our Confirmation journey. Each student and mentor is required to do two service projects throughout the Confirmation year. One project will be completed, as a group, during our Confirmation retreat. The other service project should consist of at least 2 hours of serving in the community of Saint Marys. Mentors and students can join with others to do this service project if they so chose.

Retreat

During the year, we will have a retreat for all students and mentors. We will leave Saturday morning and return Sunday afternoon. Our retreat will be held in the Columbus area. The first part of our retreat will be held at Beth Messiah Congregation, a Messianic Jewish community. From there, we will head to Lower Lights Ministries, where we will do a project and serve a meal to low-income families. We will spend the night and attend worship the following morning.

Mentors

A mentor does not replace the role of a parent or pastor. Instead, a mentor is another Christian adult who walks beside a student on their faith journey. The mentor is there to help answer questions about Christianity, to give support and encouragement to the student, and to support the parent in any way they need.

Parents

Parents play a huge part in our Confirmation journey, too! Aside from the mentors, and the Youth Director, the parent is the main source of encouragement and direction in this journey for a student. At the end of the day, you, the parent, are the ones that influence your child the most. We need you!

If you are interested in signing up for Confirmation, or as a mentor, please contact the Director of Student and Family Ministries at 419-300-8674 or by email.