What is Confirmation?
Public Confession of Faith.
The confirmands stand before the congregation and the bishop and affirm their belief in the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Public Commitment to Grow in Faith.
The confirmands declare their intention to seek God as He is revealed in His Word. Additionally, they dedicate themselves to a lifelong pursuit of reading, learning and reflecting upon His Word.
Confirmation has sometimes been called the “ordination of the laity.” In the service the bishop will lay his hands upon those being confirmed, challenging them and commissioning them to serve Christ and His Church with the unique gifts and talents they have been given by God.
Confirmation class culminates in each student presenting a public personal testimony of their faith in Jesus Christ the evening before their confirmation. The following day, they are confirmed in the faith by the laying on of hands by the bishop.
Every parent needs to attend our parents meeting. We’ll lay out the things expected of your students and we’ll also talk about ways you can encourage and resource your child while going through the class. We do ask you to pray for your child and to ask them questions about what they’re learning in Confirmation classes. The parents meeting is usually the last Sunday in August.
Each week students hear a teaching and participate in small groups led by high school students who are a part of our High School Ministry. The evening usually begins with a time of gathering, pizza, and fun and games.
Each year the class attends a retreat designed to challenge them as we look to the role of the Holy Spirit in our lives. Attendance at weekly classes (up to 3 classes may be excused), the weekend retreat, and participation in the testimony night are required for confirmation.
Confirmation classes meet the second Sunday of each month, September through May, 12:30 -2 pm, in the Youth Room. The retreat is in March of each year.
Small Group Leaders
High School Students are an integral part of our confirmation team. We believe that students who have been confirmed have an excellent opportunity to pour into the next generation of students. Students who are interested in being a Confirmation Small Group Leader should contact Jonathon Welch (JWelch@StAndrews.Church or call 843.284.4382).