Your student is at the age where he or she is able to personalize their faith for the first time. He’s looking around and seeing a crazy world and wondering what God has to say or do about the disease, violence, and injustice that he sees. She’s seeing people stand up for their beliefs and she’s questioning what she actually believes. Friends and social media are becoming huge influences on what your student does and believes.
We know that you want your student to have a great foundation of faith in Jesus, and we want that, too. While there are lots of influences out there, the greatest spiritual influences in your student’s life is you, their parents. Confirmation is a journey for students (7th grade and older) to help them build a foundation in Christ and know what it means to be a Christian. Because of the significant influence parents have on a student’s faith, parents are actually part of the confirmation journey as well. If you’re a student who has completed ninth grade and would like to participate in confirmation without a parent, it is possible to do so on your own (although we do strongly suggest a parent join you in your journey.)
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. The program consists of 14 sessions (ten will be online) for students and at least one parent. In addition to the online sessions, there will be four in-person sessions for some meaningful faith development for both student participants and their parent(s). The ten online sessions will include teaching, movie clips, faith experiences, Bible studies, and discussions for students and their parent(s) to do on-demand at home. It’s an awesome opportunity for students to build a good foundation of what it means to be a Christian, follow Jesus, and be a part of a church.
Confirmation sessions will be released and distributed every couple of weeks through a password-protected Vimeo link. You will also receive a packet that corresponds to each lesson. The live sessions will correspond to at-home lessons, so it’s important to watch those lessons before coming to the church for the in-person sessions. The schedule for our live sessions will be released at a later date, but know that they will happen on Sunday afternoons (time TBA). The informational session will be August 23 with Confirmation Sunday planned for November 15.
Registration deadline is September 9.
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 Kristen Funderburk.