Confirmation

8th & 9th Grades

Confirmation Program Overview

St. Pauls UCC offers a two-year Confirmation Program beginning in year one with students entering the eighth grade and continuing through the ninth grade in year two. A student entering this program is not signing on to be confirmed, but rather is signing on to the process. The decision of whether to join the church through the Rite of Confirmation is made at the end of the process. It is the goal of this program to connect students to the church and church community. Students are expected to complete the following requirements in order to be confirmed as a member of St. Pauls UCC.

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In Confirmation I students will be expected to:

  1. Attend at least 6 out of 11 confirmation classes each year

  2. Choose at least 5 experiences from the list below each year (and fill out worksheets after completing the experiences)

  3. Attend 3 worship services at St. Pauls each year (and fill out worksheets)

In Confirmation II, students will be expected to complete the above, as well as:

  1. Meet with mentor 3 times per year and connect with mentor 1 time per month

  2. Complete a talent project with assistance from mentor

Church Experiences

 As part of the Confirmation process, students are asked to take part in various experiences at St. Pauls, as well as, independently. Students can choose at least 5 experiences from the list below to complete over the course of the year. At the completion of each experience, students need to fill out a worksheet to show that they engaged in the experience. Additional experiences may be offered throughout the year as opportunities arise. If a student loves an experience, they are welcome and encouraged to repeat it. However, each student must complete 5 unique experiences throughout the year.  

  • Help teach in a church school class.

  • Prepare and serve food for coffee hour.

  • Help make and serve a meal for Lincoln Park Community Shelter or A Just Harvest.

  • Attend Bible Study, Faith and Public Issues Event or Adult Education class.

  • Go to a worship service at a different church or visit a sacred space for another religion.

  • Attend the meeting of the church or a church council meeting, or speak with someone on the church council about what the council does.

  • Visit the high school church school class.

  • Come to a church fellowship event such as Oktoberfest, The Table, Cookies With Santa, Advent Potluck, Easter Egg Hunt, etc.

  • Be a good Samaritan and help someone in need outside of church.

  • Participate in some way in Bible Story Theater.

  • Participate in the CROP walk or the Polar Peace March.

  • Attend a non-Sunday service such as Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Christmas Eve, a wedding,  or a funeral.

  • Research someone from the history of Christianity and write a page about what you think is interesting about them and their contributions.

Participate in “in-reach.” Volunteer to help at a church event such as the Senior Lunch, the Mission Trip Auction and Lunch, Octoberfest, or Rummage Sale.

Mentors 

Mentor/Student partnerships will begin at the end of Confirmation I. Students will begin to identify members of the church that they feel comfortable with and would like to have as mentors in year one by meeting with members, discussions with parents and teachers and finding church members they relate to. Part way through year one, students will provide a list of mentors they would like to possibly be paired with. Teachers and Pastor Sarah will work to secure the mentors, perform background checks and ensure commitment over the summer.

Class Structure

Over the course of the year, 11 formal classes will be offered (see calendar below). Students must attend at least 6 of the classes. They are strongly encouraged to attend all 11 classes but this is not mandatory in order to be confirmed. On Sundays when there isn’t a formal class, teachers will be available to assist students with working through the experience checklist, filling out experience worksheets and provide videos and other materials that support formal class material.

Formal Class Date

Confirmation I Lesson

Confirmation II Lesson

September, 18, 2016

What is Confirmation?

Welcome Back

October 16, 2016

What is Religion (4 Questions)

Elements of St Pauls Worship

October 30, 2016

World Religions

Youth Lead Service Prep

November 20, 2016

Create your own Religion

History of Christianity

December 4, 2016

The Holy Books

Why is the UCC so Cool

February 2, 2017

Parables: Good Samaritan

History of St Pauls

February 26, 2017

God/Holy Spirit

Statement of Faith

March 12, 2017

Preparation for Pancake Bkfst

Mission and Ministry

March 26, 2017

Jesus: Human & Divine

Suffering, Forgiveness & Grace

April 9, 2017

Passover Seder

Project Work Get Together

May 7, 2017

Sin & Reconciliation

Confirmation Rehearsal

May 21, 2017

Meet Your Sponsor Bkfst

Confirmation 

Talent Project 

During Confirmation II, each student will be asked to pick a talent project where each confirmand is given $20 to use to support a charity, and ask them to see how far they can stretch it. We are hoping that each confirmand will work with their mentor and possibly with other confirmands to find a cause they believe in and then use their money to further that cause.  

After the service project has been completed, the confirmand and their mentor will need to prepare a short (5 minute) presentation to be given at the Confirmation brunch in May. We expect to hear about what was done but hope to also hear about how the project affected the confirmands and what they will take away from it. Pictures or other visual aids might be fun. We encourage you to be creative and dazzle us!

Special Events 

Confirmation students will be asked to attend the following special events throughout the year.

  1. Confirmation Breakfast - September 20, 2015

  2. Confirmation Retreat – October 9-11, 2015

  3. Steeple Climb and CROP Walk – October 18, 2015 (starting immediately after 11 service)

  4. Confirmation II leading 9:30 service – November 15, 2015

  5. Pancake Breakfast – April 3, 2016 (Confirmation I will plan the theme and presentation)

  6. Confirmation Lunch – May 1, 2016 (Confirmation II will present talent projects, Confirmation II families will prepare luncheon)

  7. Confirmation Sunday – May 15, 2016

Contact: 
Sarah Garcia
773-348-3829

Confirmation Calendar 2015-2016