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Confirmation

Sundays, February 24 - April 14 (Will not meet spring break) | Mt. Bethel UMC

Confirmation is Mt. Bethel’s program designed to empower students and their families to connect in their relationships with God in new and growing ways. We have shifted our Confirmation programming this year to be more effective and schedule-friendly for our participating families. Confirmation is comprised of six one-hour Sunday morning sessions, as well as a weekend-long retreat, and is no longer a grade-bound experience, which means that students in grades 7-12 are encouraged to enroll whenever he or she is spiritually ready. How do you know if your student is spiritually ready? Consider these questions.

  • Does your student initiate faith-based conversations and questions, or respond with interest when you do?
  • Do you see evidence of your child’s faith in his or her actions (reads Bible, desires to serve, holds a deep sense of right/wrong)?
  • Does your student express an active desire to come to church?

So that we can continue to equip our families as the primary spiritual leaders in our students’ lives, we are thrilled to include parents in our Confirmation process. We ask that at least one parent accompany each student to each Sunday session*, as well as to the weekend retreat. For parents of students in grades 7-9, attendance at the retreat is required, and for parents of students in grades 10-12, we strongly encourage your attendance at the retreat as well. If you have a conflict with Confirmation Retreat, please plan to register for Confirmation in the fall, as we ask that each parent and student attend Confirmation Retreat in its entirety on Saturday from 8:30 am – 6pm.

*While parents and students must attend all sessions for the student to be confirmed, we do permit one absence per Confirmation experience (excluding Confirmation Retreat).

We will offer Confirmation in both Fall and Spring. Please review session dates carefully, and choose which session best suits the schedule and needs of your family. Fall registration will be posted later this spring.

If you have questions about your student’s readiness, your family’s ability to engage with us, or any other concerns, please do not hesitate to contact Elley Fisk.

Fall 2019 (Registration link pending)
August 11- Confirmation Information Session
August 18 – Session 1
August 24 – Confirmation Retreat
September 1 – no meeting, Labor Day
September 8 – Session 2
September 15 – Session 3
September 22 – no meeting, Fall Break
September 29 – Session 4
October 6 – Session 5
October 13 – Session 6

Spring 2019 (Registration is now closed; please see our fall schedule above)
February 3- Confirmation Information Session (12:15 pm in Upper Room)
February 24 – Session 1
March 2 – Confirmation Retreat
March 10 – Session 2
March 17 – Session 3
March 24 – Session 4
March 31 – no meeting, Spring Break
April 7 – Session 5
April 14 – Session 6