9th, 10th & 11th graders are welcome to register for the confirmation classes. The class will meet twice each month starting on September 18, 2022 and run from 5 pm - 6 pm. This will allow any youth who choose to participate in the T.E.L.O.S. youth group to bring a bagged meal to eat before youth group starts at 6:30. We will use the curriculum "Confirm not Conform" from the UCC. Registration is open at: https://forms.gle/ETbea9YCrNY2UyHZ6. Contact Lee Carman with questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In choosing to take part in the Confirmation program, students along with the support of their families make significant commitments to grow in their faith and understanding. This work enables each of them to make their own informed decision about confirming the vows made for them at baptism and assuming the rights and responsibilities of adult membership in Christ’s church.
Confirmation Topics: The Bible, God, Jesus, Holy Spirit, Worship, Baptism, Communion, Prayer, Saints (Faithful people in our church), Ministry, Christianity, and Other Religions.
- Students will engage in small group activities and discussion about various aspects of our faith as Christians, our church community here in Ellington, and be encouraged to ask questions.
- Students will have opportunities to attend some services in other church communities, both Christian and non-Christian, to help us better understand our faith tradition as well as others.
Goals of the Confirmation Program Goals for Confirmands:
- Grow in relationship with God and one another through fellowship, learning and service;
- Understand that faith development is a lifelong journey and changes as we change and grow;
- Develop a real and relevant relationship with the God;
- Connect faith with everyday actions choices and practices;
- Prepare our young people to make their own decision to take part in the rite of Confirmation in May, or not.
Goals for Parents:
- Think about your own relationship with God, your church experiences, and your faith and share these with your child;
- Be open to questions that your child might have during their confirmation journey;
- Treat Confirmation as you would school, sports, music or art, and encourage and support your child in the Confirmation process.
In return, we ask the members of this congregation commit to:
- Welcoming them into the work and worship life of the church;
- Praying for them as individuals and as a class;
- Inviting them to get to know you personally, as an individual, as a Christian and in your context as a member of Ellington Congregational Church;
- Helping them to find their own identity as Christians with gifts and talents to share.