Confirmation at DCPC
Confirmation at DCPC is a part of the journey of faith and is specifically designed for youth in the eighth grade (and older). It is a time of learning what it means to be a disciple of Christ. In a society that is increasingly populated by people from many different cultures and religious backgrounds, it is more important than ever to educate young people about what it means to be Christian.
Confirmation is a good opportunity for youth to learn what is unique about being Presbyterian and how our “brand” of Christianity is similar to and different from other denominations. It is a time for them to claim the promises that were made on their behalf in baptism as adult leaders help them discern what they believe and why they believe it.
A prescribed course for confirmands is a way to instill a sense of belonging to the community of faith. Classes and small groups are geared toward nurturing a sense of community within young people so that they are ready, eager, and willing to become church members. Each small group has three adults who serve as leaders, facilitators, and mentors. These small group leaders stay with the group throughout confirmation.
The Confirmation class meets approximately twice a month on Sunday evenings for two and a half hours at a time. (Click here for the schedule.) Confirmands begin upstairs in the Congregation House from 4:30-5:30 then join the other youth for dinner from 5:30-6:00. After supper, the class breaks into small groups for lessons based on the Apostles’ Creed. Intermittent workshops are also offered to help the confirmands dig deeper when needed. One example is the workshop to develop each confirmand’s statement of faith.
Confirmation gives young people time to explore their spiritual gifts and make decisions about how they might serve Christ in their lives, at DCPC, in the larger community, and in the world. Youth who participate in the confirmation class may choose to make a profession of faith and join the church in the spring.
Click here for confirmation class make-up session homework.