Confirmation

What Is Confirmation?

Confirmation is an important step in the faith journey of our students. It’s a program where students have an opportunity to take the vows spoken over them at their baptism and to claim them for their own. 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 for eighth grade students and above. The teaching will take place at 5:30 p.m. on Sundays. The process will include writing and sharing a personal testimony, learning the essentials of our faith and discovering how they can serve the church with their gifts and passions. We celebrate the testimonies of these students and each confirmand receives a leather-bound study Bible.

Please register your child below. If you are unsure whether or not they are going to participate, it’s better to fill out the form anyways and plan on attending the first session.

Sunday Evening Class
Sundays from 5 – 7 p.m. in the Middle School Basement. We will gather at 5 p.m. for a home cooked meal then class will start at 5:30 p.m. Beginning January 29 (no meeting February 12, March 12 or April 9).

Elder Interviews
Sunday, April 23, from 5 – 7 p.m. in the Middle School Basement.
Confirmands will be interviewed by an elder to accept them into church membership.

Confirmation Graduation
Sunday, April 30, from 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.

FAQs

What are the requirements for completing Confirmation?
    1. Complete the confirmation biography.
    2. Attend class each Sunday (Make-up expectations below).
    3. Attend worship (8 am, 9:30 am, or 11 am service) each week.
    4. Complete a written and recorded testimony.
    5. Complete a spiritual gifts inventory.
    6. Participate in a one-on-one interview with an elder. Interviews scheduled for April 23.

     

    Optional but encouraged: Attend youth group on Wednesday nights and the Winter Retreat.

    Who Can Participate?

    This year, confirmation will be limited to 8th graders.

    What happens if a student misses 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.

    1. Communicate in advance of anticipated absences.
    2. 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.
    3. 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 will be in the confirmation program?

    Numbers vary from year to year, but our average is around 15-20 students.

    What if a student wants to attend the classes and participate in the program but not join Eastminster Church?

    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 a student has not been baptized?

    That is not a problem! Students who have not been baptized will be baptized during the confirmation worship service on Sunday, April 30th. We usually have several students who do this each year.

    What if a student cannot 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.

    Contact Us

    1958 N Webb Road
    Wichita, KS 67206

    (316) 634.0337

    info@eastminster.org

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