Confirmation

2022-2023 CONFIRMATION CLASS EXPECTATIONS

Worship Attendance- Beginning October 2nd

For the duration of the school year, confirmands will be expected to attend worship weekly. When safe and appropriate, we encourage Sunday morning in person worship. Online worship will continue and can be viewed as your schedule permits.

This year, there will be a small group opportunity immediately following Sunday morning worship. See below. 

 

Small Group Participation- Beginning the Week of October 2nd

For the duration of the school year, confirmands will be expected to regularly participate in a small group (at least 3 times a month)

The encouragement of a supportive small group is vital for claiming God’s love and purpose. The small group offerings will
include weekly youth group, small covenant groups, and musical opportunities.

This year, Pastor Thomas will be offering a small group opportunity immediately following Sunday morning worship. Confirmands will meet in the Bridge Room to reflect on the morning’s Scripture lesson(s), the sermon, and what it means to worship well on Sunday morning.

Confirmands are also invited to create a small group for themselves. If you have a small group option you would like to suggest (Bible study, prayer group, witness and sharing, service) please speak with Pastor Thomas. 

 

Informational Meetings – September 8th

The meeting is required for at least one parent, confirmands are encouraged to attend.

The meeting will be in person and on ZOOM at 7:00-8:00 PM. See Pastor Thomas’s email for the Zoom link. If you cannot access the email for whatever reason, feel free to reach out to Pastor Thomas.

 

Weekly Classes

Classes meet on Thursday afternoons for one-hour, between 3:30 and 4:30pm in the Bridge Room. If there is sufficient interest or need we may offer another day of the week. In person class is preferred but if necessary, we will consider other options.

Thursday Classes:

October 13th, 20th, 27th; November 3rd, 10th, 17th
December 1st, 8th, 15th; January 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th
February 2nd, 9th, 16th; March 3rd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th
April 20th, 28th (Make-Up); May 4th (Make-Up)

What if I have to miss a class?

Confirmands are allowed a maximum of three group class misses, which can be made up.

If you must miss the class you usually attend:

Please let Pastor Thomas know.
Please read the scripture references that will be discussed in the class you missed.

What if it is snowing? Please familiarize yourself with our weather cancellation policy – see below

 

Confirmation Field Trip – Saturday April 1st, 2023

Start time is 8am. More information will be released soon. We will travel to NYC to visit the historic John Street UMC among other fun stops.

 

Mandatory Retreat Weekend – Friday April 21st – Sunday 23rd, 2023

The retreat is a required event for all confirmands. The cost for meals, lodging, and materials will be $145 per person, and registration will be held separately. (If this fee presents a burden, we can extend you a scholarship.)

 

Rehearsal

All confirmands will meet in the sanctuary on Saturday, May 6th, Time to be determined.

 

Confirmation Sunday

Confirmation Sunday is May 7th, 2023.

 

Weather Cancellation Policy

We do not automatically follow the school district’s cancellation decisions. Even if school is cancelled for the day, if weather and road conditions improve, we will likely hold our event. We might even consider an online class

A decision will be made at least 90 minutes prior to the start time of the event.

Should we decide to cancel the event, we will announce via TXT messages, Email notifications, and website updates.

If the road conditions are questionable or if the weather is likely to worsen during the scheduled meeting time, please check your phone, Email, or the website before leaving your home. 

 

Our Bulk Text Messaging System

At Jesse Lee Youth, we use a bulk text messaging system to enhance communications to our members and their parents. As we collect cell phone numbers via our medical release and other registration forms, they are automatically added to the bulk texting system. Parents and members can opt out of receiving text messages by replying STOP to any message they receive.

If you are not receiving our text messages but would like to, please let us know.

 

Annual Medical Release Form

A satisfactorily-completed and signed Annual Medical Release Form is required to be on file for everyone participating in the Confirmation Journey. Please complete the form, sign, and return to the church.