Each year at the end of confirmation, 8th graders read their faith statements. And each year, every one in the room is blown away.
In Confirmation, we …
- help our Confirmands to experience and recognize God moving in their lives.
- help our Confirmands to grow in their awareness of—and their ability to speak about—their faith experience.
- help the Bible come to life for our Confirmands.
- help our Confirmands to understand what it means to be a part of church (that is, what it means to be part of a devoted community of faith in which each member has a place, purpose, and a mutual responsibility in Christ).
In order to achieve these goals, we offer a one-year class for youth who are in 8th grade or above. Beginning in October, the class will meet most Sunday evenings from 6:00–7:30 p.m. with Reverend Jeff Braun and one or more Faith Guides (depending on the size of the class). Each Confirmand also has a Mentor (a church member who is not the parent of another Confirmand) with whom they meet regularly. In the spring, the class will participate in a weekend retreat, each Confirmand will write a Faith Statement, meet individually with a pastor, and present their Faith Statement to Council.
At the end of the Confirmation program, youth have the opportunity to “be confirmed” in the Christian faith by claiming for themselves the promises made by others when they were baptized. Youth who choose to be confirmed may also choose to then join WCC as full members, if they wish. Confirmation Sunday will celebrate the individual decision of each Confirmand as to whether or not they would like to publicly confirm their faith and join the Church as well as recognize the journey that has brought them to their decision.
Confirmation is not a graduation program from Church School or the church, but rather an opportunity for youth to explore what the next phase of their faith journey might look like. In claiming the promises made when they were baptized, we are not asking youth to continue the faith journey alone, but rather to take ownership of their faith. Our hope is that Confirmation will help youth find places in the Church to which they feel called.
Join Us …
We hope you will join us for this year’s Confirmation class.
Please be thinking about who you would like to ask to be your mentor. Mentors must be members of Winnetka Congregational Church and should not be the parent of another Confirmand. If you would like help or suggestions in picking a mentor, please email Pastor Sarah (she has a list of people who have been mentors previously and/or who have indicated interest). Our hope is that mentors and Confirmands will develop a relationship that will extend beyond the Confirmation class, so please consider carefully and choose someone you think your Confirmand will enjoy getting to know.
**Youth do not need to be previously connected to Winnetka Congregational Church to join Confirmation.**
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to be in touch!