The purpose of confirmation is to help familiarize the youth with a basic understanding of the Christian faith and the United Church of Christ, as well as with the role of a responsible member of the First Congregational Church. Our hope is that our young people will come to own for themselves the promises their parents made for them in Baptism and confess Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.
Confirmation 1 is offered to 9th graders. The students are paired with an adult who is spiritually mature, and with whom the student works through a course book by William Willimon, a bishop in the United Methodist Church, entitled Making Disciples. In addition to completing the course work, students are asked to attend Sunday worship a minimum of 2 Sundays per month and to attend all special services of worship. These students complete a service project related to some aspect of church life, often with their mentors.
In Confirmation II the students meet with our Pastors in a series of classes, field trips to other churches and hands on activities. Year II students prepare a passage presentation in which the student works with a Biblical text assigned for a given Sunday, reads the lesson in worship and prepares a brief homily with the assistance of a pastor. In order to be confirmed students prepare a personal faith statement paper at the end of the second year. This year also includes a minimum of 2 Sundays per month in worship, as well as attendance at all special services of worship and completion of a service project.