Confirmation Class 2016-2017
The class will meet once a month and is open to all high school students even if they have already been through confirmation or are not yet interested in “being confirmed.” The goal of the class is to get students to claim their identity as Christians and explore what that means. We aim for an understanding that, despite all the problems caused by churches, the Christian Way offers meaningful lessons and a model for living our lives. Students who wish can be confirmed in May 21st. This class will be co-taught by Reverend Doug Robinson-Johnson and Bill Hoch.
SEPT 25th Confirmation Overview
OCT 16th First Lesson. Welcome! What are we doing here?
What is confirmation? We will review the language used for the UPA confirmation service and what it means to them. We will review this outline and discuss a class service project.
NOV 13th Second Lesson. What is “The Church”?
We will review a brief history of the church and discuss how “The Church” universal is different from individual churches. Question to consider include what Jesus wanted in a church and whether we can join The Church even if we disagree with what some churches are doing.
DEC 11th Third Lesson. What are we doing when we attend church services?
We will discuss why people go to church, what they get from church, and what church gets from them. We will also discuss the structure of church services.
JAN 8th Fourth Lesson. The Bible and its role.
We will look at the Bible as a means of conveying Christian principles. We will discuss the history of UCC and UMC churches and how they have viewed the Bible. We will discuss how we each can try and live these principles.
FEB 12th [Note date change!] Fifth Lesson. What does it mean to live a Christian life?
What does it means to live a Christian life. How would we live differently if we actually met Jesus? We will look at examples of how people have turned their faith into action and consider the broad range of ways we can do that as well. We will ask how we feel about joining an organization (the church) that regularly fall short of its ideals but keeps trying to do better.
MAR 5th Sixth Lesson. Why join a church?
Going to church was mandatory for most of history. Now it is a choice. Why make that choice? We will discuss how attending a church community can help people discovery and explore their innate spiritual gifts and talents. We will discuss the importance of being connected with a caring community and how people can give back to those communities to help themselves and others.
APR 2nd Seventh Lesson. What are we doing here in this class?
We will review the confirmation language to be used in the service again and see how students feel about it. Does it need editing? Can we agree with it? How does each of them want to live a Christian life? Do they want to be confirmed?