West Side United Methodist Church offers Confirmation classes for those who qualify. For the 2014-2015 school year confirmation will be starting in January of 2015. At the end of the confirmation session, the student(s) will have the opportunity to publicly proclaim their faith during a worship service.
What is confirmation class?
In Baptism, we recognize God’s claim on our lives. In Confirmation, students have an opportunity to claim the relationship God freely offers them.
Confirmation is a class for youth who are interested in publicly affirming the call on their lives to be disciples of Jesus Christ. The class helps the students gain important insight to the aspects of one’s faith: Baptism, Holy Communion, Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, the history of the Christian church, and the history of the United Methodist Church. The class is designed to prepare the students to answer this important question:
“Do you confess Jesus Christ as your Savior, put your whole trust in His grace,
and promise to serve Him as your Lord,
in union with the church which Christ has opened to people of all ages, nations, and races?”
The book By Water and the Spirit, A United Methodist Understanding of Baptism describes it this way, “When persons who were baptized as infants are ready to profess their Christian faith, they participate in the service, which United Methodism now calls Confirmation. This occasion is not an entrance into Church membership, for this was accomplished through baptism. It is the first public affirmation of the grace of God in one’s baptism and the acknowledgment of one’s acceptance of that grace by faith.” It further states, “An infant who is baptized cannot make a personal profession of faith as a part of the sacrament. Therefore, as the young person is nurtured and matures so as to be able to respond to God’s grace, conscious faith and intentional commitment are necessary. Such a person must come to claim the faith of the Church proclaimed in baptism as her or his own faith.”
Why go through Confirmation now?
Youth may be asking questions about their faith and Confirmation helps build a firm foundation for the important decisions that lie ahead. The Confirmation team and pastors are available to help and share from their own journeys of faith. In addition, each youth will have their very own adult mentor who will encourage them throughout the year.
Along the Confirmation journey, youth will discover gifts from our United Methodist heritage that will help guide them on their journey of faith.