What is Confirmation?
Confirmation is not simply a “rite of passage” or just a class to complete. It is a step in a life-long journey of pursuing the heights, depths and widths of God’s love and making a vow to live in relationship with Jesus for the rest of our lives! You do not need to be a member of Asbury Church to join Confirmation.
The Confirmation Ceremony is the students' first public affirmation of the faith of the church as being their own faith. The Confirmand is taking responsibility for living as a member of the body of Christ and for fulfilling God's purposes. This includes building relationships with peers and adults who will support them in their faith. We strongly believe this is done through small group relationships long after Confirmation is over.
Asbury's Confirmation program consists of two years during 7th and 8th grade during which the Confirmand receives in-depth biblical teaching as well as lessons on what it means to be a United Methodist. We believe this is best done in the context of a small group. All students are put into small groups separated by grade and gender and paired with a trained adult mentor who will guide them through Confirmation.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What will be taught in Confirmation?
Confirmands will learn the basics of the Christian faith and what it means to follow Jesus. Additionally, the class learns about basic Wesleyan doctrine and practices. Specific topics change year to year. Please check the schedule for the most current topic list.
What are the requirements to be confirmed?
I'm unsure if I want my child to be confirmed. Can they still attend class?
While we encourage all students to be confirmed as an outward profession of their faith, we absolutely welcome students who are unsure. Asbury is a safe space for children to experience God and explore the faith. All students who register for the class must pay the $30 class fee each year.
Students must attend 75% of Confirmation meetings each year (20 meetings).
Student must be baptized prior to Confirmation. If your student has not been baptized, please contact Pastor Harold to discuss how to be baptized.
Student must serve in Sunday morning worship as an usher or communion assistant twice during each year.
Students are encouraged to attend Sunday worship and/or Right Side Up Sunday School at 9am in room 100.
Student must attend Confirmation service Sunday May 5th, 2019.
Student must attend all retreats,
October 20-21 & March 10-11. March retreat is 8th grade only.
Each student must pay $30 to register for the class each year.
This cost covers materials, curriculum and other supplies to
help make the year the best possible experience for everyone.
Checks can be made out to Asbury Church.
My child missed the 7th grade year. Can they be confirmed?
Absolutely. Just let us know when you register and we'll guide you through the process.
When are the retreats and how much do they cost?
The 2018 fall retreat is October 20-21 and costs $80 per student. This retreat is open to 7th and 8th graders as well as friends who are not in Confirmation.
The 2019 spring retreat is March 10-11 and costs $70
per student. This retreat is for 8th graders only and is mandatory.
Both retreats are held at Lake Lucerne
United Methodist Camp in Neshkoro, WI.
More info on the camp can be found here.