Confirmation in The United Methodist Church is a time of intentional preparation, it gives teens and tweens the opportunity to reflect on the most basic tenants of our faith and gives them a safe environment to ask questions and grapple with the divine truths and mysteries proclaimed by the church of Jesus Christ. Confirmation helps youth to investigate to depths of the faith and helps them begin to understand what it means to become a fully devoted follower of Jesus Christ, and to make their first public profession of faith. During this time young persons "make firm" what has gone before: God's prevenient grace, baptism, the teaching and witness of parents and other persons of faith, the teachings and life together in the church, the student's own growing faith. Youth are invited to claim for themselves the name Christian and the name United Methodist. We believe that Confirmation is a significant step in the journey of faith.
Unlike baptism, which is a sacrament, confirmation is a repeatable rite in The United Methodist Church. Standing before the congregation to profess one's faith as part of a confirmation ceremony is not limited to only one special time. In addition to confirmation of younger youth, the Book of Discipline encourages a time of intentional preparation and the rite of confirmation for older youth as well. Because the middle school years (5th-8th grades) are when young people begin to move from concrete thinking to abstract thinking, that is when most people begin to make lifelong faith decisions. Also, during these middle school years, youth are seeking a sense of belonging. Belonging to the community of faith is an appropriate response to that developmental task.
Likewise, the teenage years are important for making a commitment to live as a disciple of Christ. Thus we also encourage our Jr. High and High School students to also participate in confirmation. The JOURNEY UMC offers a 10 Week Confirmation Class for students 5th through 12th grades. If you know of a youth who could benefit from confirmation, please contact Pastor Jeff at 501-605-6327.