Confirmation

 

Introducing the 2015 - 2016 Confirmation Class

 

 

 

Preston Aldrich      Megan Beebe         Morgan Beebe

Alexa Bellezza       Sarah Boynton      Michael Cella

Madison Gilliland   Samantha Lavey   John Oravits      

Sam Oravits            Ethan Parlante    Keegan Terry    

Kaitlyn Weber        Emily Zander

In choosing to take part in the Confirmation program, these students, with the support of their families, make significant commitments to grow in their faith and understanding so that, come June, each may make an informed decision about confirming the vows made for them at baptism and assuming the rights and responsibilities of adult membership in Christ’s church.

 

In return, we ask the members of this congregation commit to:

• Welcoming them into the work and worship life of the church;
• Praying for them as individuals and as a class;
• Inviting them to get to know you personally, as an individual, as a Christian and in your context as a member of Ellington Congregational Church;
• Helping them to find their own identity as Christian persons with gifts and ministries to share.

CONFIRMATION

The process of confirmation for church membership is offered for teens in 9 th Grade.  Older students who have not been confirmed are also welcome.  The length of study is one school year, with meetings held 2-3 times per month.  If you participate in TELOS, you can go to those meetings after a short break.  The class is led by Pastor Karen.

The Confirmation class involves the following:

  • Students will engage in classroom study and discussion about various aspects of our faith as Christians, our church community here in Ellington, and what it means to be on a life-long journey of faith
  • Students will partcipate in three service projects totaling ten hours. We will arrange one project for the group.  Each student will be responsible for finding the other two service experiences.
  • Students are expected to attend at least two worship services per month. We will arrange opportunties to attend some services in other church communities, both Christian and non-Christian, to help us better understand our faith tradition in the context of other faith traditions.  The services with our own congregation may be at either of the Sunday morning services (8:45 or 10:30) or the Wednesday evening services (6:45pm with dinner starting at 6).
  • Regular and consistent participation in classes, worship and service work is the foundation for the Confirmation experience and is expected of all students who wish to be confirmed in June.

Inquires?  Please contact Pastor Karen.

Goals of the Confirmation Program

Goals for Confirmands

  • To help prepare our young people to make the decision to say “yes” to their baptism.
  • To help young people develop a real and relevant  relationship with the God of Jesus Christ.
  • To help young people connect faith with everyday actions choices and practices.
  • To grow in relationship with God and one another through fellowship, learning and service.
  • To understand that faith in God is a journey of a lifetime and that Confirmation is and important step in that journey. 
  • To be ready to take that step by saying “yes”, I want to be confirmed.

Goals for Parents

  • To think about your own relationship with God, your church experiences, and your faith and share these with your child.
  • To be open to questions that your child might have during their confirmation journey.
  • To treat Confirmation as you would school, sports music or art, and encourage and support your child in the Confirmation process.

Confirmation Topics

  • The Bible
  • God
  • Jesus
  • Holy Spirit
  • Worship
  • Baptism and Communion
  • Prayer
  • Saints (Faithful people in our church)
  • Ministry
  • Christianity and Other Religions
  • Life of the Spring Glen Church
  • Church History & Denominational History  
  • The Faith Journey continues

 

 

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