What Is Confirmation?
Confirmation is an important step in the faith journey of our students. During the program students have an opportunity to claim the vows spoken over them at their baptism as their own. It’s when they get to publicly declare before the congregation that Jesus Christ is their Lord and Savior. And in doing so, become full members of the church. Confirmation is primarily for eighth graders, but anyone who is ready for this next step is able to participate. The process includes classes taught by Mike Jaderston, a Saturday retreat with Pastor Stan and interviews with an elder of our church.
Sunday Morning Class
Sundays at 9:30 a.m. in the Middle School Basement. Beginning January 20
Saturday, April 6
Students will meet with Pastor Stan and Mike Jaderston to complete the Confirmation process.
Sunday, May 5, 9:30 a.m. in the Gym
Confirmation students and their families are invited to brunch and a graduation ceremony to celebrate their accomplishment. Students will be presented to the congregation at the 11 a.m. service.
- Complete the confirmation biography.
- Attend class each Sunday (Make-up expectations below).
- Attend worship (8 a.m. or 11 a.m. service) each week.
- Complete a written testimony.
- Participate in a one-on-one interview with an elder. Interviews scheduled for April 28.
- Attend the Confirmation weekend class with Pastor Stan on April 6 from 3:00-6:30 p.m.
- Participate in Confirmation brunch and worship service on May 5.
- Attend Wednesday night youth group whenever possible.
- Attend middle school winter retreat if possible.
Who Can Participate?
Confirmation is primarily for eighth graders, but anyone who is ready for this step is able to participate. There are some students who are younger or older than eighth grade that demonstrate a relationship with Jesus and are mature enough to understand what it means to join the church. There are also some eighth graders who perhaps are not ready to join the church, and we do not want to pressure them to do so.
What Happens If I Miss a Lesson?
Attendance is critical, as our students will miss valuable opportunities to learn and share when they are not in class. Students will be expected to make up each lesson that they are absent from.
- Communicate in advance of anticipated absences.
- The confirmation lessons will be recorded. The student must watch the recorded lesson and then have a conversation with a parent, elder, or another adult in the church.
- The student will turn in a form with the adult’s signature that the student has watched the lesson and had a conversation with an adult.
How many students are in the Confirmation program?
Numbers vary from year to year, but our average is around 30 students.
In the past, we have had a few students who wanted to receive the teaching of the class but have not wanted to join Eastminster for one reason or another. While we encourage students to join the church and believe there are benefits to that decision we do not require it. These students will still receive a certificate for completing the program and a Bible.
What if I'm not baptized?
That is not a problem! Students who have not been baptized will be baptized on confirmation worship service on Sunday, May 5. We usually have several students who do this each year.
What if I can't attend Confirmation Weekend?
Attendance for confirmation weekend is considered mandatory, but in the case that a student is unable to attend, there are ways to make it up. A plan will have to be approved by Mike Jaderston and Pastor Stan. In the past it has been attending a new members class or scheduling a meeting with Pastor Stan.
What if I can't attend the elder interview?
If a student cannot attend the elder interview, it will be their responsibility to contact an elder to reschedule an interview.
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Wichita, KS 67206
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Wichita, KS 67206